Poets' Corner: Rosemerry For Father's Day!

When World War II began, advertisers argued that celebrating Father’s Day was a way to honor American troops and support the war effort. By the end of the war, Father’s Day may not have been a federal holiday, but it was definitely a national institution. However, in 1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day an official federal holiday at last.

The third Sunday of June is now all about celebrating the many ways fathers and father figures make a positive difference in the lives of their offspring – although some fathers are saints; some Santini. Some can be both on different days.

Or, as in Word Woman Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer‘s singular case, he is simply the man the who was saved from drowning, who was then and is now drowning in love, hers and so many others.

Of note from Rosemerry: “The man who saved my father seven years ago is now also a father and he and my father have since become great friends and fishing buddies.”

Honor thy father?

Rosemerry’s gift-wrapped words certainly do.


Rosemerry & Dad.


That Winter Evening

by Rosemerry

for Billy Miller, remembering events on January 4, 2012.


When the man pulled my father from the icy waters of Lake Michigan

he did not know years later my step-daughter

would need someone to buy her a sweater

so she would feel nurtured, did not know

that my son would need someone

to make a mosaic with him so that he

could feel loved, did not know

that my daughter would need

someone to tell her that she

was beautiful. When the man

pulled my father out of the water—

my dad had been fishing alone—

that off-duty fireman couldn’t have known

that years later this very daughter

would sit beside her father and hold his hand

and weep at the simple gift

of being able to hold his hand.

The fireman was doing what he knew to do—

to rush to the person in need of help.

He didn’t think then of the other lives

blessed by the man. Did not think

of the other lives he blessed with his hands

when he chose to try, though the odds

of saving the man were low.

He knew only to reach.

Years later, my mother still sleeps

beside the man that was pulled

from the winter lake.

Give us hands that know to reach

for each other—stranger, neighbor,

friend. Give us hands that unthinkingly

choose to save the family

we’ve never met.

2 Responses

  1. […] another pair of pjs – no dad really needs, perhaps consider the gift of David’s words. Or Rosemerry Trommer’s poem. These gifted writers express sentiments that will never wear out – or get forgotten in the […]

  2. Toodie Stone says:

    Thank you, once again, Rosemerry.
    You have so eloquently expressed our love and gratitude for a Beloved that graces our life today, and for the Angels of our Beloved’s rescue.
    Sincerely, Toodie