A Gift of Perspective

A Gift of Perspective

~ To My Father On His 70th Birthday

    September 3, 2016


Holding tight to your neck

riding on your shoulders,

this panarama of the universe

in McKennan Park from

oh-so-high is my earliest

memory. Feeling safe yet

exhilarated and very special

to be carried aloft by you.

From up here a new wide

vantage point on everything.

I was two maybe, who knows,

but the sensation remains

even now forty years later.


You, father and friend,

taught me a way to see

life through a lens

of kindness, generosity,

enthusiasm, good humor,

optimism and confidence

as you did.


I came to learn

not everyone views

the world like this.


When, if tallying up

accomplishments in a life

deeply-lived thus far,

you may have some regrets

and disappointments

as any human will,

please know

you have given a daughter

this perspective;

in fact all this

ravishing world.

Sarah Burns