POEMS


Lolo

Ah Lolo…

Lolo Banono, Loli Worm, Foo Foo….
there are so many names for the little girl that used to wear lady bug leggings…

When she was three,
maybe four,
she put a pussy willow in her ear,
a call came home from Mrs. Rollins at Kindergarten…
your daughter needs medical care,
crying…Lolo informed us she fell on a wussy pillow…
an early fib…

Ah Lolo,
the great supporter,
confidante,
and family smile, no matter what…

When someone is upset, Mom, Dad or Brother…
Lolo straps on her Florence Nightingale shoes and goes about making people feel better…

With a giant heart,
she’s always in the wings,
seldom, if ever, center stage…
her prerogative is to let you shine…
I’ll take the back seat…
that’s just fine…
so she used to say…

But humans are humans…
we all need attention,
 love,
and atta girls…

In her Junior year,
Laura found Nick
Her sixteen-year-old feet began to float…
Day from night,
food from drink,
air from water…
she no longer knew

 

The Love in her heart changed her world…
At least in the beginning…
Lolo soon set about to help,
soothe,
and fix the broken…

I lost my Sparkling Princess to a driver’s license and a boy named DeMarco…
but Lolo surrendered much more….
innocence,
girly friendships,
and maybe herself for a while

Lo’s brother Al,
here greatest friend and fan,
stood by her and does,
not matter what…
just like she does him…
just like her Mom & Dad do in their Mom & Dad way…
cuz that’s how us Epstein’s roll…
We Are Family…however that song goes…

Our first trip away together,
to Camp Fox,
I knew I was in for a ride…
my plan to take her to the archery course was thwarted by her retort…
”I’m going with my new friends, you stay here Dad”

“Wasn’t it me who helped you with your Pull-Up last night,”
I thought to myself begrudgingly surrendering

And Lolo’s sharp as a razor,
witty too,
and has a sense of humor that could make a leper laugh…
she coined our family’s coping term Routine…
and over the years when I’ve joked around,
her pet response has always been: “Just Kidding, right Dad?”

Even now,
when my daughter seems the furthest,
she is the closest thing to my heart…
not including her Mom of course…
but Lo will always be my Sparkling Princess…

Now my little Lolo isn’t so little anymore…
she menstruates,
is gone for days at a time,
and starts college on Tuesday…
I just want my little girl back…
but the truth of the matter,
I have love for her in my heart more than ever…
She’s just not so little anymore