his only daughter was his son
when she was his little girl

she knew baseball football basketball
teams schedules players stats and names

chewed jerky sardines spit sunflower seeds
held frogs lizards grasshoppers and worms

had her own tree house paper route BB gun
changed oil mowed grass played marbles

until seventeen crowned homecoming queen
an evening gown lip stick corsage and a date

his only daughter was his son
so soon she became a woman

“I had always been a tomboy. I still am, at heart”
~ Maureen O’Hara

About the Author: Carl Palmer

Carl "Pappa" PalmerCarl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life as “Papa” to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer.

Carl is a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and Micro Award nominee. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever!