A Poem by Tom Kelly

Happiness

    for and to Tommy Kelly, 1919-1995 

flies to the surface 
with long-lasting memories, 
playing football in a sepia printed world, 
just me and you. 
I push the ball with my instep,
back and forward the ball slides. 

In the next moment we are having a pint together. 
Now your satisfied look has me breaking the rules 
for all-day smiles. 
We walk home and at the corner 
I see you turn and wave goodbye, 
happiness never dies. 



Tom Kelly’s ninth poetry collection This Small Patch has recently been published and re-printed by Red Squirrel Press who also published his short story collection Behind the Wall. 

Tom says of the poem “Happiness is a snapshot of me and dad together and makes me smile.” 

Tom, aged 7  

Special Editions 2020


When Good Dadhood first ran, back in 2017, it featured two Special Editions, in addition to the poems appearing on the ‘front page’ of the e-zine.  This year, we had much pleasure in again presenting an Easter Special, showcasing eight poems https://gooddadhood.com/easter-special-edition-2020/.

Now, as the 2020 Good Dadhood period approaches its culmination on Fathers’ Day on Sunday 21 June, it is a delight to present another Special Edition, featuring five wonderful poems from Patricia Ace, Zoe Mitchell, JLM Morton and Jenni Wyn Hyatt. To read their poems, please click on this link: https://gooddadhood.com/special-edition-ii-2020/

Also, please do check back here on Saturday for three poems for Father’s Day from Alwyn Marriage.

Meanwhile, here are two lovely photographs from Patricia Ace and Zoe Mitchell … with their Dads.

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Patricia and her Dad

Zoe with her Dad