Ode to a Father

What Makes a Father?

I may not

Have had a father

Who’d sit me

On his knee

And tell me

That he’d love

Me for all eternity.

I may not

Have had a father

Who’d keep me

Safe in his arms

Or sing me to sleep

And give me

Butterfly kisses.

How do I know

What a father’s

Supposed to be,

What he’s

Supposed to be like?

He’s the man

I married,

The man

Who makes me smile

When he holds

Our children on his lap

And reads them a story.

He’s the man

Who swings our daughter

High into the air

And rides our son

On his shoulders.

He’s the man

Who causes excited

Screams from little ones

When he waltzes

Through the door.

He’s the man

Who stretches out

His long legs for his babies

To play seesaw.

How do I know

What a father’s

Supposed to be,

What he’s supposed

To be like?

He’s the man

Who comforts me at night,

Whispers sweet nothings

In my ear.

And makes me feel safe

And loved.

How do I know

What a father’s

Supposed to be,

What he’s supposed

To be like?

He’s my man,

My husband,

The love of my life

And he is the perfect

Example of a what

A father is supposed to be.



Dedicated to my loving husband, Peter William Breen

Happy Father’s Day

Love your wife, Candace Nadine Breen

June 16, 2013

I love you, babe!

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cohoyo1 21 months ago from Barrington, Rhode Island Author

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