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Father's Day - Haiku/Tanka

Updated on June 6, 2012
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Father's Day - Haiku/Tanka

by

Dr. Darryl Winer


I am a father

But what, exactly, is that

Let me ask my dad


A gift for all time

Every day is father’s day

In my children’s eyes


I celebrate you

Grateful heart bursting with joy

My beloved children


Up on my shoulders

You surveyed your vast domain

Altitude, my job


Every pain and tear

Mine to bear personally

Your loving guardian


With vigilant eye

I stand back, out of the way

My work mostly done

In sunlight, your wings spreading

I have taught all that I could


I wait quietly

As grandfather, not so tall

Heart at the ready

A place on my shoulders still

For yours and my legacy


When my days pass, know

I will love you forever

My solemn promise


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      win-winresources 

      3 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Grand Dan-

      Congratulations on your children and grand-children.

      My amazing children are, apparently, still trying to figure out what causes grandchildren...

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      Dan Harmon 

      3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Beautiful. Both as a father and now a grandfather I can appreciate it.

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      win-winresources 

      3 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Peachpurple-

      Sure. But like any good scholarly approach, please properly attribute it.

      Happy Father's day to your dad.

      -DW

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      beautiful, can i use your haiku for my dad's father's day card?

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      win-winresources 

      3 years ago from Colorado

      Happy new year Perspycacious-

      Yes, HP's censorship of some of my hubs was so insulting that I have not published any more hubs. On relatively rare occasion, I comment on questions or hubs where I believe I offer another point of view.

      Best to you and yours and be well.

      -DW

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      win-winresources 

      3 years ago from Colorado

      Hi PeachPurple-

      Thanks for coming by. Our dads, both in person and in memory, stand tall beside us.

      -DW

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      Demas W Jasper 

      3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Last I knew win-winresources had stopped posting on HP out of frustration over how some of his Hubs were regarded by HP. His loyal followers are now on my Following list for the affinity we felt with him.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      beautiful, my dad stands beside me through all trials and woes

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      win-winresources 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you Cat-

      For the kind words and Father's Day wishes. I'm glad you found the verse thought provoking.

      -DW

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      What a treasure! I am reminded both of my dad who passed away years ago and my dear husband with our own daughter. Thank you for stirring up wonderful memories and deep emotions. Happy Father's Day!!!

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      Suelynn 

      6 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      DW, my Dad gave me some invaluable memories! I did write about them - in his garden. Part 3 not yet complete.

      I do know what you mean about words being insistent. Mine are becoming strident and I'm trying to calm them down somewhat. Take good care.

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      win-winresources 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Suelynn-

      Yes, this one was tough, but wouldn't stop until it was on paper. I don't profess to be any great shakes at poetry, but sometimes the words are insistent.

      I hope your memories of your fathers past are comforting.

      Thanks for your kind words.

      -DW

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      Suelynn 

      6 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Omigosh, DW! Tears in my eyes as I type. Raw indeed and emotionally powerful, I'm glad I'm sitting down. There are no more fathers in my family. I applaud you. Voting up and across but not funny. Thank you.

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      win-winresources 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Hello Beyond-

      This was such raw emotion when I was writing it, I could barely get it done. I hope my children can share this feeling when they have their own.

      Very glad you enjoyed them.

      -DW

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      BeyondMax 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      DW, this is so lovingly overwhelming, yeah, very beautiful, heartwarming read. Love your choice of pictures, there is so much love, tenderness and care in them, it's amazing. I felt like there are fluttering butterflies all around me, high from emotions =)

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      win-winresources 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Good morning Perspycacious-

      Perhaps "blessed" is a more appropriate term. And, yes, sadly, far too many children do not have a safe, loving and enriching homelife.

      Happy father's day to you.

      -DW

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      My wife and I congratulate each other each day on the fact that all our children are capable of independence and achieving it with families of their own and that those are American families in the best sense. I don't think we were "just lucky." Your poem here says that you were not "just lucky" either, but perhaps our sets of children were. Certainly some children are not.

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      win-winresources 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Thank you Cyndi-

      My children are the true blessing. My life has been immeasurably enhanced by them.

      -DW

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      This was so sweet and loving. What a wonderful subject for haiku.

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      win-winresources 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Hi Audrey-

      Nice to see you again and thanks.

      -DW

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      win-winresources 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      Hi 910-

      Thanks for taking the read. I appreciate your kind words.

      -DW

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      910chris 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      That was very well done. Stirs up deep emotion.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Beautifully done!

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