‘Saying thank you’ – a poem for father’s day.

Saying thank you

In the beginning very little gratitude

Who gets to choose their parents after all?

 

But gradually you realise what you’ve been given

And in time you understand the debt you owe

 

So,

For bathing me in music; Bach, Stravinsky and Coltrane

and placing me in chamber groups with Mozart, Gounod and Damase

 

For giving me that tiny clarinet and showing how it sings

and picking me for your orchestral team of two

 

For introducing me to our well tempered Broadwood

and giving me a lifelong friend

 

For all the concerts, galleries and books

and helping me to look at things and judge them

 

For all those pesky questions and digging for the truth

and never being satisfied with unconvincing answers

 

For your constant interest in others

and respect for what they do

 

For having many passions, solitary and social

and pursuing them with truly scientific joy

 

For scepticism, horror films and ginger

and Berkeley, Barnes and Bayswater – and Wetherby of course

 

For looking to the granite island for your match

and getting that most vital thing so right

 

For writing your clear story and letting me write mine

For all of this and so much else

 

It seems like a good moment

To say thank you.

April 2012 on the occasion of John Playfair’s 81st birthday

john playfair

John Playfair obituary

 

About Eddie Playfair

Principal of Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc) East London. Blogging about education, politics and culture in a personal capacity. I also tweet at @eddieplayfair
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2 Responses to ‘Saying thank you’ – a poem for father’s day.

  1. Elly Tobin says:

    Thanks for sharing this and your moving tribute to your father in the obituary. He was clearly a very talented man and much loved.

    Elly

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