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Lucky Boy
Steven Givler


My son's stocking feet sun themselves on theádashboard
Our truck is pointed toward the campground
The radio weatherman says rain, and lots of it
But you wouldn't guess it from the bluebird sky
We talk of nothing and everything
Four hours of driving yields a lifetime of conversation
He tells me what he wants to be and asks my advice
Three days of freezing rain
We walk, eat, sleep, cold water and gray skies
He comes back from the creek (frog in hand) to find me packing
"Daddy, can't we stay another day?"
Driving home now
He asleep beside me, feet having returned to their dashboard perch
I stop for gas
The man beside me eyes the truck, our gear, my dirty clothes
"Been camping?"
I nod
"It's a lucky boy whose father takes him camping"
I smile
But later, driving toward the sunset
Listening to him
Watching him from the corner of my eye
I think of how he's changed my life

And know I am the lucky one

ęSteven Givler 2009

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Steven Givler is an artist, writer, and language specialist. Currently living in Germany, he has also made his home in Greece, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Portugal. Steven's book, Notes of Joy and Sadness, a collection of war letters and paintings, is awaiting publication, and two of his short stories appear in the anthology, Operation Homecoming, from Random House. Learn more about Steven and see his paintings at .


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Wow! What a beautiful poem! It made me smile with a a little wetness in my eyes!
Posted 10/08/2014 12:21 AM
Wonderful poem!
Posted 10/07/2014 01:37 PM
great poem. it makes me smile
Posted 10/07/2014 11:05 AM
love those details
Posted 10/07/2014 09:04 AM
I love this poem! My late husband and our oldest son drove a truck from Boston to Washington DC when he was going away to college. I imagine they had those conversations too.
Posted 10/07/2014 08:36 AM
Yes, I'm about to spend time w/my son and particularly enjoy: Watching him from the corner of my eye / I think of how he's changed my life
Posted 10/07/2014 12:01 AM
Love this!
Posted 10/06/2014 11:46 PM

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