daddy's day

sadie

24 Sep, 2011 07:48 PM
Her hair was up in a pony tail,
  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 red 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.

  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 red 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: Father, Love, Family
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Corona says:
19 Jan, 2012 03:29 PM

This is so wonderful and i love the hope that it gives everyone out there who has lost someone important in their lives

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JsJs says:
23 Jan, 2012 02:35 AM

This prom made me feel something I haven't felt in so many year. . . .Thank you for sharing it.

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WillowyGhost says:
24 Jan, 2012 04:48 PM

I just... wow. I can't imagine what girls like her go through every day. But this poem helps.

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cherry says:
26 Jan, 2012 04:11 AM

hearwarming poem,,,

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David says:
27 Jan, 2012 03:54 PM

luck u that your daddy is there for u when u need him.My daddy dont love me no more.He even forgot my birth day and on that day I cryed and cryed my heart out.

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Sabbeth Angel says:
08 Feb, 2012 05:39 AM

OHMIGOSH this made me tingle all over and start to cry. my daddy is dead but i believe he is with me everyday for i can fell his love in the air and this poem discribes how i feel

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jenifer says:
23 Feb, 2012 05:03 PM

omg this made me cry

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priscilla says:
01 Mar, 2012 04:02 AM

i have my dad but were always fighting but this juss made me break down n realize i love my daddy

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Mikee. H. says:
20 Mar, 2012 08:07 AM

Not sure how I even came across this poem, but its made me cry fir the first time in over 10 years. :'(

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Shiloh says:
17 May, 2012 03:53 PM

This is one of the best poems I have read in a long time. I almost cried when I read this it was so emotional. I love what is written thank you for sharing it!

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Dakota says:
12 Jun, 2012 05:15 AM

I love my dad very much, and if heaven weren't so far away, id pack up my bags and go for a trip,, if only for a day,, <3
Not a day goes by,, that i dont think about him,,

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holly says:
12 Jun, 2012 11:52 PM

wow, absolutely amazing i read it twice and cried both times x

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Sarah says:
03 Aug, 2012 12:51 AM

So great!

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Sophie says:
11 Aug, 2012 08:00 PM

Absolutely beautiful, made we cry like a baby :)

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Alex says:
30 Oct, 2012 12:29 AM

I have to say, reading sad poems don't often make me cry. This one however, brought waterfalls from my eyes. The love that that little girl has for her father is incredible. The rhyming was amazing and flowed very well, the words seemed to just come off the page and issue words of heartfealt genuity and love. Thank you so much for this poem. It really makes my day everyday. Inspiring.

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Nithrodal Eveningstar says:
04 Mar, 2013 03:02 AM

This was so beautiful. It's amazing how a poem forces the poet into a set of guidelines and forces one to think of each word said. A story was created using little words, yet still managed to portray such immense love to the reader. Simply breathtaking.

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Rnet52 says:
29 May, 2013 05:27 PM

just...WOW!

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littlemiss48 says:
24 Mar, 2014 12:13 AM

This made me cry

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Derek says:
10 Sep, 2017 02:45 AM

Beautiful, thank you for this.

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