Man to Man......Happy Fathers day......

What truely is the measure of a life .......
isn't that what we do when one tries
To find some measuring device perhaps a yardstick
or even a magnifying glass ...just to realize

What makes our minds awaken to reality
I know......touches ....visions and scents
I think this just might be unusual ......
what was the measure of our accomplishments

You are now right where you wanted to be
beside the love of you're life
Although on each end of the spectrum for
some fathers and sons........are echoes of strife

I pick up your belongings .... reaching for your
jacket and favorite shirt
As I raise it to my face and breath in
your scent brings out no hurt

I would cry if I could ....but thats not
what a dad teaches a son
My eyes are closed and yet......in the scent of
clothing ....some legacies are never done

Once when I was young you pulled me
to you and I inhaled your scent
It wasn't so often .........Though now I hold
no resentment

I hang the shirt back up on the closet
pole watching remembered visions
Funny how the mind works in the cycles
and revisions

I remember too the ache inside after
youthful sobbing........ our many trials
Now though .....no bitterness ...it is
just what it is ......no more denials


For the love of memories , I offer this to my daughter ........in the happiness of knowing no strife , only the absolute love and respect for each other. She and I and our love remains always on a level of some eternal plane . Each of us knows how the other thinks ...how each other loves and always will ! Fathers day is coming along soon , and you know what ......I think I'll dedicate my Fathers day to her love and her memories of my Father too. I just happen to love you both........eternally !












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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

It's difficult to accept that in my family, Father's Day is now about me.

For me, it was always about Dad, but now he's gone, and I'm the 'old man'.


marellen 5 years ago

Very nice tribute to Father's Day. I miss my Dad every day but I know we had a wonderful relationship and memories I cherish.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Simply beautiful.....


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Tina Lynn , Thank you , nice to see you....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Will Starr , sounds like heaven there :-} there is nothing like being a father is there?.....:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Marellen , We are lucky aren't we , to have had complete lives. Bless you're dad and you.!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hyphenbird , Thank you sweety , you are soo nice!....:-}


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Beautiful. What a blessing you and your daughter have to enjoy such a loving relationship, and that you seem to enjoy being a Dad. Happy Father's Day!


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Violet Sun , I happened to be blessed with a daughter wise beyond her years and more caring than I can describe , I am not by any means a perfect Dad. Nor was I for her , But I was conceince at all times of our love and the need of sharing it. Only she can be the judge of my job of raising her. Fortunately for me , she is who she is! Thank you dear woman for sharing with us!:-}


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi ahorseback, I just want to say beautiful poem and I wish you a very happy Fathers Day.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Ahorseback, you always touch me very deeply with your poetry especially one like this. This such a loving gesture. You are one great man!


daddysgirl 5 years ago

Your father gave me the greatest gift of all...you dad!! Sometimes without realizing we owe so much to some of the greatest trials in life. Such beauty eminates and originates from these times. Love is a meaningless word without the expression of the word. That's the very difference in our love...I see it in your eyes when you marvel at me, I feel it your strong embrace and even so many miles away I hear it in your voice! No earthly man could ever take your place dad, for that, I thank our heavenly Father.....love and hugs always, your daughter


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

How very beautiful this is!! Thank you.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Cardisa , You humble me my dear lady , but I am not a great man I am just a man! With a deep appreciation of life , love and serenity.! {Smiles}.:-}


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

DaddysGirl , I am speechless in your words and I am a lucky , lucky Father . If I were nothing more ....I am that, and it's enough! :-} oxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxDad


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Always Exploring , You are so nice! ....You make me smile.:-}


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing. Brought back memories of my father, scents that made me think of him-like old spice and gasoline or oil, fixing cars. Thanks.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Hello Denise , Ahh yes greasy hands and scarred knuckles. Old spice and hand tools! Nice to see you denise...:-}


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

A beautiful hub and thanks for sharing this one.

I vote all the way up.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Thank you so much Eiddwen , you are so nice!!! :-}


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chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

A great tribute to fathering - you and your Dad


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ahorseback 5 years ago Author

Thank you CHS Publish, I appreciate that......:-}

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