04 Nov, 2010 10:54 PM
Her hair was up in a ponytail
her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy's Day at school,
And she couldn't wait to go.
But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home.
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.
But she was not afraid;
She knew just what to say.
What to tell her classmates
of why he wasn't there today.
But still her mother worried,
For her to face this day alone.
And that was why once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.
But the little girl went to school,
Eager to tell them all.
About a dad she never sees
a dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back,
For everyone to meet.
Children squirming impatiently,
Anxious in their seats.
One by one the teacher called,
A student from the class.
To introduce their daddy,
As seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare.
Each of them was searching,
For a man who wasn't there.
"Where's her daddy at?"
She heard a boy call out.
"She probably doesn't have one,"
Another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back,
She heard a daddy say,
"Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day."
The words did not offend her,
As she smiled up at her Mom.
And looked back at her teacher,
Who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
And out from the mouth of a child,
Came words incredibly unique.
"My Daddy couldn't be here,
Because he lives so far away."
But I know he wishes he could be,
Since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him,
I wanted you to know.
All about my daddy,
And how much he loves me so.
He loved to tell me stories
He taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses,
And taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes,
And ice cream in a cone.
And though you cannot see him,
I'm not standing here alone.
"Cause my daddy's always with me,
Even though we are apart
I know because he told me,
He'll forever be in my heart"
With that, her little hand reached up,
And lay across her chest.
Feeling her own heartbeat,
Beneath her favorite dress.
And from somewhere in the crowd of dads,
Her mother stood in tears.
Proudly watching her daughter,
Who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love
of a man not in her life.
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was right.
And when she dropped her hand back down,
Staring straight into the crowd.
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.
"I love my daddy very much,
He's my shining star.
And if he could, he'd be here,
But heaven's just too far."
You see he was a fireman
and died just this past year
when airplanes hit the towers
and taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes,
"It's like he never went away."
And then she closed her eyes,
And saw him there that day.
And to her mother's amazement,
She witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
All starting to close their eyes.
Who knows what they saw before them,
Who knows what they felt inside.
Perhaps for merely a second,
They saw him at her side.
"I know you're with me Daddy,"
To the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers,
Of those once filled with doubt.
Not one in that room could explain it,
For each of their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
Was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
And a child was blessed, if only for a moment,
By the love of her shining bright star.
And given the gift of believing,
That heaven is never too far.
Tags: Dad, Family, Unloved
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Spaz says:
13 Mar, 2011 06:10 PM

That is the sweetest thing I have EVER heard!

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annabella says:
12 May, 2011 04:18 PM

omg how sad im so glad i have my dad
but i still cryed thinking that he wasnt
so i went 2 his room 2 cheek he was
and there he was i went running up 2 him
and gave him a hug and a big kiss i can never
imagen the day he leaves us all i will
kill my selg i love you daddyy <3

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love says:
20 Jul, 2011 05:49 AM

loved this poem so much...
it made me cry

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Mike says:
26 Jul, 2011 05:16 PM

Wow, this is very touching and made me tear up also.

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Riku says:
24 Jan, 2012 04:11 PM

wow that was so beautiful i will never forget this poem ever......and also it made me cry.... :(

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Victoria says:
12 May, 2012 04:24 AM

That is a trulytouching poem I cried because I couldn't imagine not having my dad with me. It's hard enough not having a mom for over nine years but my dad has been there for me and I couldn't bare not having him with me. I love my dad very much and this touched my heart.

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Alex says:
23 Oct, 2012 12:52 AM

I love the rhyming, I love the story, I love the message. Best poem i have ever read by far. Thank you for sharing this with me today. It truly touched me and made me feel greatful for the father figures in my life as well as the mothers also. This poem will forever be a part of me. Words cannot thank you enough.

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Samara says:
16 Jan, 2013 02:45 AM

Same here I cryed like a baby. Alot of u have said that u do not know what you would do with out your father or your "daddy" we'll I don't have a dad in my life and I have never really hade a father in my life and I am only 12 but I have had 1 man that has came into my life and a least tried yo be a father or tried to give me some father figer in my life but know i know how we'll that works so yes there is not doubt past my mind that this is the best poem I have every heard because it just really spoke to me in another lauange that is hard to describe but it really spoke to my heart so my point is that yes this is an amazing poem in every way thank you for writing such an amazing poem not only a poem but also a message

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Delilah says:
18 Jan, 2013 03:00 AM

this made me cry no matter how many times i read it! its just so sad yet so ....... happy she moved those people about her father.

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Danielle Jude says:
04 May, 2013 10:11 AM

o my gosh that realy made me cry even if my daddy does not love me what a wonderful poem from your daddy to your heart love that was buried and left apart the love was their even with a glare the daddy was their with love and tears

i loved it and sorry for my sappy poem back their

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Dezi says:
29 Jan, 2016 06:32 AM

I have never cried reading a poem. And this made me cry a bunch, at first I thought maybe her daddy left her but then the heaven part just made me burst into tears???? This is beautiful and I bookmarked it because I loved reading it even if it made me cry like a baby (I'm 21)

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michaelsims says:
05 Feb, 2016 03:36 PM

now i want to call my dad and make sure he's ok but i can't thank you for reminding me why i must love my dad

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10 Feb, 2016 05:12 PM

Omg...all i can say is this has to be by far the sweetest happiest and sadest poem i have ever read I started crying and haven't stopped yet....

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Sophialaurel says:
05 Jul, 2018 03:23 PM

my eyes are filled...

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