The Man I See

A Poem By Madalyn Clare // 3/14/2018

He reads to the kids most nights,
And reads to me in the others.
His morning smile is bright as sunflowers.
He never said “I’ll wait for you”
Because he was busy saying
“I’ll wait with you.”
Sometimes he comes in the kitchen,
Coolant-covered grin clean as
The car he’s fixing.
He’s more often on his knees,
Eyes closed,
Than on his feet,
Arms crossed.
He never says “I told you so”
Because he’s busy saying
“I see your side.”
He finds a friend in every
Stranger.
He sees Jesus in all
Faces.
He galavantly
Buckles the baby
In her seat, peppering
Her princess cheeks
In adoring kisses,
Making her understand
That a man could love
Her in a loveless world.
Allowing me to tie
His neck in a fancy
Windsor knot
Because he couldn’t be
Bothered to try,
He tells me how
Beautiful I am
Even when I hide
In my hair.
He makes me laugh,
He lets me cry,
He throws chocolate
In my general direction
When I’m in more pain
Than the male realm
Can imagine.
He tells me how strong
I am, and how much
He appreciates that
I tell him that as
Well.
His favorite books
Are the ones I write
And the Bible, in no
Particular order, not
That I could compete
With the Bible.
And I wouldn’t, just
To make it clear.
‘Spontaneous’
Is another name
For my darling,
Singing for no reason,
Improvising a song
On a guitar or a
Ukulele to wake
Up our kids for
An extra cheery
Day of school-
With Mommy,
That is.
When he goes
Off to work,
It doesn’t matter
If it’s tedious or
Amazing, he’s
Going to meet
His job with the
Most disarming
Of charm.
He’s the man
Who understands
It’s not wrong
For him to cry.
He lets me hold
Him when life
Is not something
To smile about.
He is strong,
But not hard.
A firm judge
In the wars
Over the Barbie
Or who hit
The other first.
I can’t tell you
His name, or
What he looks like,
Or that I have even
Met him, but this
Man is the man
I will spend my
Days with, in
Sickness and in
Health, till death
Do we part.

Comments

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I love this, Maddie. I see a man very much like this in my own future, if the Lord so pleases to place him there. It's so sweet to dream of such a man. :)

Damaris Ann | Thu, 03/15/2018

God uses the milestones as stepping stones to bring us closer to Him. We may not see it in the moment, but we can always look back and see the memorials of His love in the crumbles of our stumbling blocks.

I dream of this, too!! You

I dream of this, too!! You will find him! I was especially moved by these lines:

He’s more often on his knees,
Eyes closed,
Than on his feet,
Arms crossed.
He never says “I told you so”
Because he’s busy saying
“I see your side.”

He galavantly
Buckles the baby
In her seat, peppering
Her princess cheeks
In adoring kisses,
Making her understand
That a man could love
Her in a loveless world.

I honestly want to share this somewhere... it just so perfectly captures a beautiful, real dream. LOVE it!!!

Sarah Bethany | Fri, 03/16/2018

Ugh

As I told you before you published it...I nearly cried. The second time reading it was no different. I LOVE this so much and I appreciate your styling and word choices more than I could express. You are the bomb, Juju

Brighid | Sat, 03/17/2018

When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart.

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