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A Father's Love

Turning Distractions into Memories

By RM StocktonPublished 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 1 min read
A Father's Love
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Determined to do some work, I retreated downstairs for some peace.

I hoped to avoid the distraction of noise, and spend time alone with my thoughts.

Sitting at my desk, however, I heard some muffled peeps.

The children had found my retreat underground; I knew that I’d been caught.

Radiant little whispers echoed through the door,

And I heard my children hatch a plan to try to sneak inside.

Caught, I set aside my work, I could resist no more,

The chance to nest beneath my desk, and there to crouch and hide.

I saw my children enter, but they did not see me.

Over the desk I bounded with zest, and the children squealed with glee!

Never regret the time you invest creating sweet memories.


This is a devotion to Father's Day, and a response to the prompt to write an acrostic poem using the word “DISTRACTION”.

Thank you for taking time to read and comment!

-- Rob


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RM Stockton

I am here to support and learn from my fellow writers and to explore and expand my creative side.

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  • Jay Kantor3 months ago

    Hi RM ~ Coincidentally as you were 'Whistling' over to my Short I've been scrolling through your lovely presentations. You are such a 'Mensch' ~ Such "Sweet Memories" **I've subscribed to you with pleasure. This piece touched my heart since I just wrote my 'Dear Dad' story with memories from long ago that always 'Schtick" ~ and I see you are a loving Father with pride ~ But don't know if they have 'Fathers Day' where you are? Oh, where are you? RM - I'm just a retired lifetime highly scrutinized legal Biz writer - morphed into a 'Goof-Writer,' nothing more - I don't know if your Gen can relate to some of my ever sarcastic shorts - I hope so - Jay Jay Kantor, Chatsworth, California 'Senior' Vocal Author - Vocal Author Community -

  • Asif Ali3 months ago

    amazing sir. keep it up

  • R. J. Rani4 months ago

    So lovely! Your poem gave me a glimpse into this sweet family’s life and left me smiling at the antics of the children and the father. Dads who take time are such special creatures. Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece!

  • Jennifer David4 months ago

    Reminds me of a time when my mom would play with me and my siblings to get ready for church and we would hide in the closet. Brings back so many joyful memories :)

  • L.C. Schäfer4 months ago

    Lucky, to have a parent so playful and willing to set aside other things to be silly with them! 😁

  • Real Poetic4 months ago

    👏🏼 So descriptive. You’re amazingly gifted.

  • Awww, this was so lovely and wonderful!

  • Luke Foster4 months ago

    This is brilliant. Flows well and tells a lovely story.

  • Novel Allen4 months ago

    This is a sure winner in my book. There can be no better distraction. I also got inspiration from you, not having a clue where to begin. YEAH! Really love this one.

  • sleepy drafts4 months ago

    What a beautiful poem about the best distractions!

  • Grz Colm4 months ago

    Great job, RM. Acrostic poems! 😁 This takes me way back.. Thanks for sharing yours.

  • Judey Kalchik 4 months ago

    There are no better distractions that the opportunities for time with your loved ones.

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Oh this is a delightful take on the challenge, Rob! Well done!

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