Hey Ole’ Man—A Father Known and Unknown

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Hey Ole’ Man

Who are you? What are you thinking?

On the front porch
In your wife-beater shirt and jeans
Sipping coffee from a snowflake print mug
In July
Watching the road
In silence

Who are you?

My dad and not my dad
A husband for 50 years
A grandfather of eight
A U.S. Navy vet
A loyal football fan
A retired autoworker
A cancer survivor
A simple man with secrets
A complete stranger

Are you happy?
Angry?
Fed up?
Curious?
Relieved?
Scared?
Wanting more or just tired out?

What’s on your mind today?
The War?
The elections?
The ball game?
Your truck in the shop?
Your bills?

I think about you:
When I see an ad for Chevy
When Mellencamp sings
When I watch football
When something happens on the news

You have an opinion on everything.

But what do you think of me?

 
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