Daddy Danced-A Poem For My Father

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My Dancing Daddy

Daddy worked overtime for years and years and drove a

long way, surely he was bone tired at the end of a day.

But after dinner, he always twinkled those mischievous blue

eyes, ran a freckled hand through unruly sunset hair.

And then, Oh! Then! For hours my Dancing Daddy danced with me.

Daddy danced with me perched tiptoe and light as a feather

on the tip of his dirty and workworn boots.

How many weary miles they had walked that day only my Daddy

and God above knew. But I never saw the dust of warehouses,

parking lots and the Carolina red mud coated thickly there.

Daddy was always to my adoring eyes, suave, well dressed and

Clark Gable debonair.

And when Daddy danced and double dipped across the floor,

a skinny little girl became a swan and danced in the stars.

Tiny satin clad feet stood atop his steel toed size 12 and I am sure

he never even felt my foot there.

My dancing Daddy cupped my palm in his callused hand,

smoothed my riotous red curls that were just like

his and smiled while love shone through those windows of his soul.

And Daddy danced, swirled and whirled; laughed out loud as we twirled

around and around while we grew-me to a woman that could not stay

while he slowly faded and faded away.

Daddy’s bright cap of hair lost its sheen, became soft as a silver moonbeam.

Old man pajamas and slippers concealed the places that were swollen and sore.

Except in memories and dreams, Daddy never danced anymore.

Until the day Daddy went home and I feel sure that when he met up with Jesus,

My Daddy once more jumped up and danced with joy.



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Comments 37 comments

jt 5 years ago

I believe you were daddy's girl hyphenbird! What a beautiful memory well told.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

I still am jt. Even though he is not here, I love him still. Thank you for always being the loyal fan. I can depend on you to read and comment. You are wonderful.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Wow this is a poem right after my own heart , being a dad of a dancing little girl. Perfect memory.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

ahorseback, many thanks. Yes, you as a dad would be touched by a little girl's love of dancing and a Dad's sacrifice of rest to make her happy.


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skellie 5 years ago from Adelaide

What more can i say but beautiful, just beautiful!

Well done :D

You had a very special relationship.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

skellie, I am so happy that you found it beautiful. Ah, the ego of a writer. lol

Yes, I loved and love my Daddy very much. I miss him every day.

Thanks for finding me here on HubPages. I hope you will read more of my work.


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bobsimpson 5 years ago from Largo Florida

Beautiful.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you bobsimpson. I appreciate that.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Beautiful, and an obvious work of love.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

WillStarr, thank you. Yes, a labor of love.


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dallaswriter 5 years ago from North Carolina

So sweet! I loved it....


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thanks dallaswriter. I see you have been writing a lot, I read your Hubs. Let me know if you need more pencils!


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dallaswriter 5 years ago from North Carolina

You are so funny little Hyphenbird! I love it. You're the best and I have found my release. Thanks again!!!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

My pleasure dear one. You are so welcome dallaswriter.


alastar packer 5 years ago

Am almost at loss for words: I'm to enchanted : You created a visual here that has brightened this morning considerably, thank you Hyph.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Alastar, you are always so kind and generous. Thank you so much.


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Vickie Bovender 5 years ago from Southeastern US

What a lovely, sweet piece. Love it!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Oh thank you so much Vickie. I am so happy that you found me. I will check out your Hubs also. Joy in Jesus


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Loved this! I remember the day when my Daddy told me I was getting too heavy for his toes. Ha! Great memories - thanks for sharing!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Sharyn's Slant, my pleasure indeed. I am happy you found it and that the memories are sweet.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Oh I just know he's up there dancing. I loved the line a little girl became a swam! I could identify with that. He sounds like a wonderful many!!


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Fossillady, my Daddy was the most humble man I ever knew. In my mind I can see him dancing with happiness. Thanks for the kind comment.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Oh how i love this. I could see you and Daddy dancing. What wonderful memories you must have.

God Bless


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

always, my Father was the meekest man I have ever known. He came from a time that is now unknown and unappreciated. Thank you for this lovely comment.


Beth 5 years ago

What a touching story. I'm sure this brought a tear to his eyes, as he looks upon you, and realize's your GREAT talent.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you Beth. I know we all miss our Daddies so much. And thank you for your lovely comment. Hyph


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PADDYBOY60 5 years ago from Centreville Michigan

Very beautiful! Tugged at the old heart strings.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Why thank you Paddyboy. My Daddy was very special to me. I appreciate you dropping by to read my tribute to him.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Simply beautiful, I closed my eyes and envisioned you in your daddy's arms, swinging you in the air as he danced around your home. He loved his little girl and still does, looking down from his dance floor in heaven, awaiting you to dance with once more.

I to remember dancing with my little girls so so many years ago and now they are not in my life, I feel that loss deeply, but still have pleasant memories of them as my little girls. I hope to see them again some how some place in time. Peace and blessings to you...a tear rolled down the saddles cheek.


shay 5 years ago

my father has dided in a armey fight i sore it on

tv it was the most sadest thing in life having bothe my perins dead.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Hello there saddlerider. After Jesus, I want to hold my mom and dad and dance them both across the sky. That shall be a glorious day indeed. I am so sorry about your girls and pray their hearts will soften and they see you for the wonderful man you are today. Keep gently reaching out in love and perhaps they will grasp that beseeching hand. Thank you saddle, I appreciate you.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Shay, I am so very sorry about your parents. Where do you live now? I hope you have someone to help you. I shall lift you up in prayer.


shay 5 years ago

i live with my anty now it is hade forgeting them

i cant sart a new life without forgeting them


shay 5 years ago

ow and by the way thankyou


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Beautiful! Brought back many memories of dancing with my Dad.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Beautiful and heartfelt...those wonderful memories are so very precious, this poem is a perfect tribute to a very special dad on this father's day. Thank you for sharing.


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Hyphenbird 3 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful Author

Thank you Susan and tobusiness. I miss him every day.

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