Fatherly Filter

fatherly filter



without You

is like coffee brewed

without a filter,

bitter, dark

and full of




words, fall

on me unfiltered;

like coffee,

burning hot, black

bitter and full

of nasty



their words.

Let me hear the

good intentions lost

in the brewing process

of words spoken

without a



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Anita currently teaches English to 7th-12th graders. She describes herself as a ‘recovering cancer caregiver’ who gives thanks daily that her husband has been cancer-free for ten years.

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  • Your daughter


    • Anita Ojeda

      Thank you!

  • Donald Strawn

    A poet after my own heart. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I own the sentiment that you have so eloquently described. Thank you.

  • Donald Strawn

    Lest you mistake my words, I’M NOT the one filtering your words. For I often need mine filtered, too.

    • Anita Ojeda

      I understood what you were saying–no worries!

  • Love it! I also like how it looks visually. 🙂

  • I love this! I am going to share this link with my readers! Thank you!
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    • Ah, thanks! I wrote it while recovering from my cancer caregiving journey–and then I realized that I don’t spend enough effort filtering myself on a daily basis.

  • Wow, Anita…this is a powerful poem….and lovely in its truth 🙂 Thank you! Easter blessings to you and your family 🙂
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    • Thank you, Dolly. Easter blessings to you and yours, as well :).

  • Heidi Hutchins Wagner

    Such a perfect description of life lived without using the Fatherly Filter. Sometimes, I am so tired I forget to use the Filter and I really don ‘t like me without using His filter!

    • I don’t like ME without His filter, either! :).

  • The hosenty of your posting shines through