Jesse Parent, a slam poet, has a pretty clear message for any boy who may one day date his daughter. It’s the universal message of a father’s love for his daughter that has caused the video of his presentation at the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational last month to go viral.
He begins by sarcastically sprinkling in plenty of threats of bodily harm.
“Since before her birth, since before my spark took hold and ignited the fire in her mother’s belly, I have been training to kill you,” Parent said. “When you took your first steps I was prepared to make sure you never walked again. When you played at war, I was perfecting head shots, you can’t catch up at this point.”
“If you break her heart, I will hear it snap with the ear I pressed against her mother’s belly,” he added. “The elbow I cradled her head in will send a message to my fists, my cheeks are in tuned with her lips, I will know if they tremble.”
The message later became a moving tribute to the unbreakable love he has for his daughter and the general awe he feels about raising a human being.
“I have been teaching her love all of her life, and all that I ask is that you continue the lesson,” the father said. “Love her, befriend her, protect her. Be there when I can’t. And when my body gives up to the grave let the grin that eternity carves into my face be a reflection of the peace that your love brings to her, and we should get along just fine.”
At the very end of the video, the dad also makes sure any “girls” who may one day date his daughter know, “My wife is a better shot than I am.”
One thing to keep in mind: This is performance art. Not every word is intended to be taken literally.
Watch the viral video posted on YouTube by Button Poetry below: