Preaching obedience to fathers while not fathering
To pastors while not pastoring
To husbands while not husbanding
To leaders not leading
Friends not befriending
Loved ones not loving
While practicing to become the fathers that treated
While lording it over those to whom you are not
Men distant at my joys while mouthing joy in the
Clouds without water
Denying my despair while you despair,
You, being evil, take
The place of God?
–Deanna Harrington Christiansen, 2008, used by permission.
Deanna Christiansen is a poet living and writing in Rochester, New Hampshire. “To Whom It May Concern” is in a collection of her poetry entitled Notes on a Flight Home. To purchase her book and to find out more about Deanna, go to her website here.