Daughter’s Demand

Dear Father
soon to be beloved Dad,

As I am yet contained in halves inside of you and Mom
and as desire has maddened you as you have gazed on her

before you plant me, to allow
that I will someday feel and thrill as you do now.

Acknowledge that the spark that you supply
imparts to my new soul a greater dowry than
the skin and bone
the blood and breath of life alone.

For surely you can feel the reflex it contains
the little death that shakes you as it wanes 

Accept the deal you make with me
Someday I’ll break your heart


Or catch me now before I start.