To Dad

A father is the lawgiver,
laying down rules and regulations
with stern lectures about
what to do and how to do it.

A father is a twitch at the corners
of a disapproving frown,
as memories return unbidden
of him doing the same things.

A father is unexpected mercy
in place of deserved punishment,
giving instead the warning
“just don’t ever do it again.”

A father is a steady hand,
warm on his child’s shoulder,
saying as much in that touch
as mom’s enfolding hugs.

A father is a pair of arms
and a strong back to lift
and carry an injured child when
they have fallen and hurt, so much.

A father is the sturdy tree
that money really grew on;
mom may have given it out,
but dad always knew and approved.

A father is firm resolution
when a grown-up child moves out,
knowing the door must close behind them
(but refusing to lock it).

A father is love:
the warm and reassuring smile,
the pride in those twinkling eyes,
the tear he thought no one saw.

4 comments

  1. Thank you Sarah. At least I got this posted in time for Father’s Day. I intended to have “To Mom” posted for Mother’s Day, but with the things that were going on around here at the time it slipped my mind.

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  2. What a tender tribute to your father.

    I like he way these lines
    show that the son understands his father’s reserve.
    That the hand on the shoulder
    was the way he showed his affection.
    And the steady hand implies the father
    was a always there, steady, reliable.

    “A father is a steady hand,
    warm on his child’s shoulder,
    saying as much in that touch
    as mom’s enfolding hugs.”

    Enjoyed reading.
    Take care,
    Kerri

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