Parked in Front of My Son’s Elementary School—Free Verse

Dismounting his Harley with a long swing of his leg,

A man removes his helmet and hangs it over the handlebars.

From inside the saddlebags, he removes his daughter’s helmet.

And here I am parked behind him in the passenger seat of my wife’s car

Picking up my son from the last day of summer school.


And I wish I had the money to be that reckless-cool

The kind of dad with the money to spend on luxury toys

And the kind of arrogance to rub it in everyone’s face.


Instead, I am the kind of dad who raised a son who is not afraid

To run up and hug his dad in front of all the other school kids.

Not afraid to blow his parents kisses when he gets dropped off in the mornings.

Not afraid to be proud of his parents even when he is starting to learn it isn’t cool.

Not afraid to show the other children his own brand of reckless-cool.


A free verse poem has no set pattern for line or stanza length. Rhyme is not used, or it is used sparingly. The line length and the rhythm or the lines are dictated by the natural rhythm of speech or other concerns such as emphasis on a particular word, image, or idea.

2 thoughts on “Parked in Front of My Son’s Elementary School—Free Verse

  1. I love this! No parenting manuals are handed out at hospitals; having a baby, becoming a parent, are things that change your life immediately and forever and we survive and hopefully succeed by just following our gut. Looks to me like you and your wife are doing a great job! 🌟

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