Daryl Muranaka



Early morning and I pull

the little boy up and out

of the nighttime crib.

He nestles his head into

the crux of my shoulder and neck.

How I love my boy

and others coo

that my boy loves his Daddy.

This is our connection

how sometimes it is so

tenuous compared to his nursed

link with his mother, how she

will always be the one

when he scrapes a knee

or the ball takes a bounce to the face.

But I will spend all night

next to him, on the floor,

holding his little fingers,

feeling their tiny ridges.




Daryl Muranaka was raised in California and Hawaii. He currently lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys aikido and taijiquan and exploring his children’s dual heritages.