Paternity

Paternity by Angela Prew

‘Paternal’, ‘paternally’, ‘paternity’
imply caring, kindliness, even loving
indulgence. But where
does a monthly cheque,
and school bills paid
fit your title, Daddy?

The letters arrived
almost regularly,
a page in capitals
long after I could read
joined-up writing.

You did your duty, Daddy,
and what, really, could I hope for
when you called your father
The Governor?

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