The Son Becomes a Father

The Son Becomes a Father

Originally published on Inspire a Fire June 20, 2018


Where did you go, Son?

Bursting into a room

Slinging doors wide open

Could it end so soon?


Where is that voice?

So excited to share

Loudly and proudly,

So completely aware.


Where are your toys?

Strewn about in a path.

Up and down steps.

In and out of the bath.


Where is your spirit?

Defiant and daring.

Fearless and frustrating.

Compassionate, caring.


Where is my son?

My heart and my soul.

My opposite, my warrior.

The day I lost all control.


I see you now standing

    At the door to his room.

    Breathing in moments

    That end way too soon.


    Your voice is now firm.

    Deep, authentic and rare.

    Protective, decisive.

    So completely aware.


    Your toys are now tools

    Building railings and wagons.

    Your world, now a fortress,

    fighting dungeons and dragons.


    I hear you whispering,

    Leaving the door ajar.

    Making your escape,

    But never going too far.


My son cradles his boy,

his soul and his heart.

Adventurers and warriors,

So prepared for the part.

Janet Morris Grimes

Janet Morris Grimes may not have realized she was a writer at the time, but her earliest childhood memories were spent creating fairy-tale stories of the father she never knew. That desire to connect with the mysterious man in a treasured photograph gave her a deep love for the endless possibilities of a healing and everlasting story. Janet's debut novel, Solomon's Porch, is scheduled for release in July of 2021 through Elk Lake Publishing. She is also a writer/music reviewer for Nashville Arts & Entertainment and Crossroad Magazines, a devotional contributor to Christian Woman, Power for Today, Inspire a Fire, and The Christian Pulse. Janet has featured stories in several anthologies, including The Spirit of Christmas and Sweet Tea for the Soul: Real-Life Stories for Grieving Hearts. She wrote The Parent’s Guide to Uncluttering the Home, released in 2011. A wife of one, mother of three, and Tootsie to four, Janet currently writes from her quiet two-acre corner of the world near Elizabethtown, KY. She has spent the last few years preparing to introduce her novels and children’s stories to the world. Inspiring stories that stretch your heartstrings. An unforgettable combination.

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