Across the nation, countless young boys are dealing with the same pain:
They are growing up without their fathers.
Michael A. Woodward Jr.’s “Father Father” addresses a harsh reality with gentle, and sometimes hauntingly familiar, words. In a culture where boys can easily sink under feelings of isolation and abandonment, this poem offers sympathy, solidarity, and hope for a brighter future.
To the boy who has to teach himself to shoot hoops, dodge bullies, and charm girls. To the boy who struggles to hang on to his good memories. To the boy who has to fix her mother’s car…
This one’s for you.