Daughterly Advice/Why God is a Father

Sed de Amor
Sed de Amor

Daughterly Advice

Mother told you women can build homes

out of men. You said houses maybe, not homes.

You told her father was a bad example

of something you could build from.

You said homes are made from materials

born to last. You told her women make

the best homes. You told her men are

only good for building houses.


Why God is a Father

You tell her one day a tadpole

will swim in her lake. That she’ll

have invited it. Opened her legs

and swallowed it whole. That her body

will blush, balloon until birthday season.

Her blood will river from a spring inside.

That her pain will have purpose.

Scars will be a token appreciation

for a son screaming into the emptiness

of a fatherless room. Blinking twice

in the darkness before her eyes float

to the surface of yours, she materializes,

this is unnatural. Only a man can cause

so much pain for a woman and call it a gift.

Only a man can take away so much light

and provide none in return.


By Aidan Chafe

Aidan Chafe is a poet and public educator bent on bending language. He graduated with an Honours BA in English at York University, Toronto where he took several women’s literary courses.
His work has appeared in CV2 and The Sacred Cow. He lives in a modest abode somewhere near Vancouver, Canada.

Sed de Amor by Daniel de Culla

Daniel de Culla (1955) is a writer, poet, and photographer. He is also a member of the Spanish Writers Association, Earthly Writers International Caucus, Poets of the World, and others. Director of Gallo Tricolor Review, and Robespierre Review. He has participated in Festivals of Poetry and Theatre Madrid, Burgos, Berlin, Minden, Hannover and Genève.
Daniel has exhibited in galleries in Madrid, Burgos, London, and Amsterdam and has moved between North Hollywood, Madrid and Burgos, Spain. He has more than 70 published books.

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