Today’s prompt is science. But, today is also my father’s birthday, so I put these two ideas together into a poem that uses the terminology of science to describe what fathers do. Happy Birthday, Dad!
The Science of Fatherhood
How can one account for
The vast body of knowledge
One needs, accrues, and dispenses
Over a lifetime of fatherhood?
The rules and principles of study
Change day to day, week to week,
Year to year. Hopefully, they
Improve. And so, fathers assiduously study the
Structure and behavior of their
Natural and physical world.
Through observation and experimentation,
They respond to the reactions
Of the combination of elements
In the house—brother, sister, mother, aunt, grandpa, dog.
They neutralize the friction and
Strive to prevent a meltdown
Of the reactor core.
In a mutually beneficial system,
They adapt to the conditions
Of their environments and combine
With the other elements of their universe
To create harmony.