"Shylock and Jessica" by Gertrude Demain Hammond‘Eight and a Half (Going on Twenty)’ by Frank De Canio The Society February 6, 2021 Culture, Humor, Poetry 7 Comments . “Ha ha,” is all she gives her Dad when he makes fun of what she said. No more parental Galahad who nightly carried her to bed. He’s just a jaded humorist who doesn’t even merit laughs from her which once were numerous. For now she deems such jibes are gaffes in Daddy’s rearing. No expense, with audible contractions of the diaphragm, does she dispense as she was wont to, as his dove. Hence she who used to go gaga instead grants him a barbed, “ha ha.” . . Born and bred in New Jersey, Frank De Canio worked in New York City for many years. He attends a Café Philo every other week in Lower Manhattan. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 7 Responses Paul Freeman February 6, 2021 Ha, ha! Reply Paul Freeman February 6, 2021 But seriously: ‘Embarrassment, our dad jokes cause, so Funny Father’s put on pause.’ I know the feeling, Frank! Reply Frank De Canio February 7, 2021 LOL! I love your couplet, Paul. “…so funny father’s put on pause” I should have used it in my poem! ‘put on pause’ it elicits the dynamic exactly. This girl, sitting opposite her father at Barnes and Noble had a slew of age appropriate books at her side and apparently had no time to indulge the childish antics of her Dad. C.B. Anderson February 7, 2021 Speaking frankly, thanks Frank. This isn’t quite how things went for me, but I am still paying reparations to my daughter who has provided me with two lovely granddaughters. I get along with them just fine. This is the controlling riddle: Why do grandparents get along so well with their grandchildren? Answer: Because they have a common enemy. Reply Frank De Canio February 7, 2021 Very apt, Mr. Anderson. I also think that’s why Father and daughter get along well. Maybe it works too with Mother and son. We can call it, class warfare! Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant February 7, 2021 The pitfalls and pain of parenthood portrayed with poetic aplomb! Bravo, Frank! I love it! Reply Frank De Canio February 7, 2021 Thanks Susan for your kind comments. I must say I was amused at this little girl’s perfunctory response to her pretty imposing Dad and even pointed it out to him: “Did you hear what she just said?” I’m sure they patched things up, afterwards! LOL! I was aware of the displaced accent in the final words of the couplet, but I hope what I lost metrically I made up with by the aptness of the dissonance, if I said that correctly. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.