DAD, You The Man!!!

A Tribute to All Dads! Penned down my candid thoughts a few years back on my Dad’s birthday.

Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash

Before I was myself you made me, me
With love and patience, discipline and tears,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,
Allowing me to sail upon my sea,
Though well within the headlands of your fears.

Before I was myself you made me, me
With dreams enough of what I was to be
And hopes that would be sculpted by the years,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free.


“Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” ―Charles Kettering

The things you taught me I will always know.
How could I not? The roots have sunk so deep:
All lessons of the heart that I will keep

No matter who I am or where I go.
Kids learn from what their parents are, and so
You are my book of life, the thoughts I reap;
Only in your arms I quiet sleep;

Under my words, your voice sings soft and slow.
From you, I learned the rules of right and wrong
Against which I at times had to rebel,
Though with regret I carry with me still.

and finally,

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Photo by Heike Mintel on Unsplash

You’ve been everything to me: a father,
Teacher, playmate, model, conscience, friend.
Sometimes I’m not certain why you bother,
If your feelings on my words depend.

I know I haven’t been the child I should,
Far from it, and I really can’t say why
I know exactly what I’d label good,
But in the real world, something goes awry.

Underneath my actions there is love,
Gratitude, respect, and admiration.
Sometimes I don’t know what I’m thinking of,
But I thank GOD you’re in for the duration.
I’m sorry, sorry for the things I do,
But please believe I cherish Mom and you.


“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ―Jim Valvano

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