Seven Sundays of St Joseph: One

There’s a lovely folk custom of remembering the seven Sundays before the Feast of St Joseph on March 19th. So, a piece of art and a poem about fatherhood for you to contemplate.

Elizabeth Wang. The Presentation in the Temple, 2010.

With Kit, Age 7, At The Beach by William Stafford

We would climb the highest dune,
from there to gaze and come down:
the ocean was performing;
we contributed our climb.

Waves leapfrogged and came
straight out of the storm.
What should our gaze mean?
Kit waited for me to decide.

Standing on such a hill,
what would you tell your child?
That was an absolute vista.
Those waves raced far, and cold.

‘How far could you swim, Daddy,
in such a storm?’
‘As far as was needed,’ I said,
and as I talked, I swam.

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