Doctor's Son

from by Brady Earnhart

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I’m proud to be a doctor’s son.
The water’s hot, the driveway clean,
The smell on Thursday afternoons
Of fresh-cut grass and gasoline.

And when our neighbor Chris got cut
On a sprinkler head, playing tag at night,
My father sewed his foot and told him,
Just make sure you keep it dry.

He skipped his day on the Gulfstream course.
We snorkeled the reef at the Seahorse Inn,
Watched a moray snarl, and picked up
Sea glass brown and blue and green.

When I was twelve we lived in Spain.
He took us skiing at the Val d’Arán.
I tasted wine from a glass porrón
And learned ten words of Catalan.

I’m proud to be a doctor’s son.
He did what he struck out to do—
Left his Indiana town
To work on Atlantic Avenue.


from Last Time I Promise, released September 12, 2015



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Brady Earnhart Charlottesville, Virginia

Earnhart is a songwriter, a poet, an English professor, & an interpreter for the International Rescue Committee. An Acoustic Guitar Magazine reviewer named his album After You among her ten favorites of the 1990s. Greg Varner of the Washington Blade writes, “Earnhart is singing art songs. Like the work of Stephen Foster or Aaron Copland, this work has a native American beauty.” ... more

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