The Yin and Yang of the Father


I am the best of you

and the worst of you.

Your glass-half-full perception,

deviled humor, and gift of gab

distribute equal weight against

the dogged pursuits of work, ego, and vice.

There are days neither you nor I

would recognize the reflection in my mirror,

and days when all I see is you —

the best and worst of you —

staring back.

©2015, Jen Payne

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