Father's Day Poems, Poetry, & Verse - A Note Of Thanks To My Father, Who was a Strong Man & Great Dad from His Girl

Dad with my sister and I, Christmas 1972
Dad with my sister and I, Christmas 1972 | Source

For Father's Day, or Any Day...

Dear Daddy,

I owe to you my father

For all that I've become

For the gift of self you've given to me,

For all that you've said and done.

I owe to you my character

Your example taught me to be strong,

For my understanding of the difference

Between what is right and what is wrong.

I owe to you my gratitude

For every lesson that I've learned,

For your patience and understanding,

For trust and respect you made me earn.

I owe to you my father

For the love that you provide,

For the warmth of a safe harbor

When I feel the need to hide.

And then I owe you thanks again

For always seeming to know

When my wounds have healed

That it's time for me to go.

Back out into the world again,

Standing on my own two feet,

Fighting my own battles,

Tasting both victory and defeat.

I owe to you dear father

All of this and so much more,

Because I am your daughter

I've so much to be thankful for.

Kristen Burns-Darling (copyright ) 2011

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Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

What a touching tribute to the man you now care for. His strength and the memories he has given have surpassed this cruel disease and won the victory of recognition that is due him. You are a wonderful daughter and a skilled writer. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.

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K. Burns Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California Author

poohgranma - Thank you so much for your kind words, and your support! You are almost always the very first to comment on each of my hubs, and I do so appreciate your input....My dad has been a wonderful father to both my sister and I all of our lives, (even during my teenage years, when I more often saw him in the light of Atilla the Hun.)In his own way, even with this dreaded disease, he still continues to be. Thanks again!

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Poohgranma 6 years ago from On the edge

lol, if I am first, it's because I always look forward to whatever you have to say, or write. You give life to whatever subject you write about with the way you use words.

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North Wind 6 years ago from The World (for now)

That third line "The gift of self you have given me" really strikes me as time and again I know people who haven't had fathers willing to give of themselves to their children. I enjoy reading about your love for your father. It is a beautiful thing to see!

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K. Burns Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California Author

North Wind - My father is really amazing....Perhaps it is because his own father was not present in his life, but even when we were small, he was a very present and hands on type of parent, but following my mother's death in 1978, when my sister and I were just 9 and 11, he really sacrificed himself to try to be both mother and father to us. He was only 43 years old himself, and could have remarried and had another family, could have let my grandparents, (my mother's parents)raise us, (they volunteered), could have just let us run wild, but he didn't....He changed jobs,(he was a firefighter, but it meant leaving us alone too much), sacrificed his social life, (didn't even date again until my younger sister was out of high school), and he dug in and raised his girls. Sometimes coming home from work, and staying up most of the night doing laundry...When we were teenagers, he was in our business, and sometimes in our faces, and we didn't always appreciate it...but I know for me, as I got older, and especially once my own children came along, I became extremely aware of what a tremendous sacrifice he had made, how much he really loved us, and what an absolutely extraordinary man and father he is. My dad is my hero!

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North Wind 6 years ago from The World (for now)

Of course he is your hero! And every dad who does that for his kids is a hero to me as well :)

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b. Malin 6 years ago

What a Beautiful Tribute to your father K. Burns. Hope he is still alive to read this poem, and enjoy the fruits of his labor. You are a wonderful daughter, and he must be very proud. The love was what probably kept him going after your Mom's passing.

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K. Burns Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California Author

b. Malin - Yes, he is still living. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's related demensia in 2007, and I moved myself and my family home to take care of him. Despite some confusion on some days about what year it is, and where he lives, for the most part we've been very lucky so far. He started taking Aricept right away after the diagnosis, and it has made a world of difference. Thank you so much for your taking the time to read this, and for your generous praise. I don't feel that I am doing anything extraordinary, just watching over the father who has always watched over me. Thanks again!

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epigramman 6 years ago

..well something as fine as this lovely and heartfelt tribute brings tears to my eyes - you see my dad was 40 years old when I finally came into the world and although he was an older dad he was also my best friend (and my mum too) and as a footnote to my poem you just commented on - well there is a personal connection to that story - my dad was a Canadian soldier during World War II and he met my mum when he was on leave from England and you see he was born in Scotland so off he went to rediscover his town of birth Stirling and that's where he met my mum and after the war she came over to Canada as a war bride! Inbetween 'leaves' my dad and mum were married and then one time he had to leave to participate in a secret mission which turned out to be D-Day - but he lived through that experience and here I am to tell you about it.

So yes I loved your tribute to your father with love and respect - and he got a good deal out of it too - he had you!!!!

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K. Burns Darling 6 years ago from Orange County, California Author

Thank you epigamman. It looks as though we have both enjoyed the privilege of having amazing fathers....by the way, it is something that we have in common....older fathers. My dad was 34 when I was born, by no means ancient compared to today's standards, but in 1967, it was considered older... all of my friends fathers were of the next generation.. Maybe that is one of the things that made him such a good father, being a bit older, he had seen the world, sowed his wild oats, and I believe, was a bit more patient than he might have been in his younger days...Thank you again for your comments, and for your friendship.

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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

As a father and a grandfather I found these words so beautiful and uplifting. My relationship with my father was somewhat complicated but I recognise a great man in him. I hope I can leave my children with something of what your father left with you.

Thanks for sharing this lovely tribute.

Love and peace


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

tony - Thank you for stopping by to read this, I am glad that you enjoyed it. My relationship with my father was not always smooth sailing. He unexpectedly became a single parent (my mother passed away when I was eleven) of two pre-pubescent daughters at the age of forty-three, and during what I now recognize as probably his most difficult and trying years as a parent, I was a grief stricken and angry teenager who did not appreciate the sacrifices he made, nor the unconditional love, which I took for granted. It wasn't until I was in my early twenties and a mother myself that I began to remember what an extraordinary father I had always had, and began to appreciate how blessed I had always been. Like my father, you are a caring and compassionate human being, who is aware of what you want your relationship and legacy with your children and grandchildren to be...so even if they are now, or someday become, angry, self-centered, teenagers, (as most do, at least for a little while) just hang in there, eventually they too will come around and remember how blessed they have been to have someone in their life as loving as you.....

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Poetic Fool 5 years ago

Fantaastic! This brought back such strong memories of my father. I think we were both blessed to have strong fathers to protect us and left us fly free when we where ready. Keep up the good work! I look forward to more of your hubs!

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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Poetic Fool - My father is my hero, and yes, I was and am very blessed to have him. Thank you for your kind words, and for the follow!

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itouchtheworld 4 years ago

good one. keep on writing.

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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@itouchtheworld - thank you for the gift of your time and for your comments, they are both welcomed and appreciated.


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