The theme has been coming up in my teaching, too, with Sherman Alexie's wrenching work "Father Coming Home" at the forefront.
And anytime I think of poetry about fathers--about the grind of earning and making a living for the family--I think of Robert Hayden's superb "Those Winter Sundays."
Today's Poetry Thursday is devoted to a poem I discovered tonight in a similar vein, "Hard Times," by Michael Ryan. Here's the part that got me, Ryan's description of the pigs-in-blankets cooked for a meal to celebrate a new job:
Happy breadwinning, everyone. Tomorrow's Friday. Time to feed the pig.
[with thanks to the Poetry Foundation]