DADDY ISSUES • by Peggy Schimmelman


My therapist says if

I talk to your photo

praise you the right

cry you the wrong

I might learn why

I could never fall

for a man in uniform

because or although

you wore one. Why I

liked my lovers

wiry and small

long-haired and wild

because or although

you were sturdy and tall



and macho. Why I

went for a man

with olivine eyes

because or although

yours were sapphire.


So I talk to your photo

praise you the right

cry you the wrong

and then I’ll be able

my therapist says

to tell her the story

giving words

not just tears

to that memory. 




Peggy Schimmelman is an English teacher, poet and writer from Livermore, California. Her award-winning poetry has appeared in The Las Positas Anthology and her short stories in Tuesdays with Helen, a collection of writings by Livermore authors. She is currently working on a novel and a collection of her short stories and poems.

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DADDY ISSUES • by Peggy Schimmelman, 2.1 out of 5 based on 19 ratings
Posted on February 18, 2013 in Other, Poems
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  • Irena P.

    Thank you for this excellent poem. Five stars.

  • Carol Ayer

    Love it. Five stars from me, too.

  • Marion Clarke



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