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Poem: The Father

Updated on August 22, 2012
"If only every individual could find and follow his or her own star---and be encouraged to do so---how different the world would be." Dr. Jane Goodall
"If only every individual could find and follow his or her own star---and be encouraged to do so---how different the world would be." Dr. Jane Goodall

A Meditation on Fatherhood

He plants his seed and helps to nurture its growth, waiting patiently as the seasons come and go.

He talks to the burgeoning belly as it swells with life, anticipating that which will carry his legacy into the sea of the afterlife.

His hopes and dreams for this newborn child are only mirrored by his own past trials.

This child, his son, who is now full grown, labors side by side --standing tall on his very own....

Robin Grosswirth

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    Robin Grosswirth 

    6 years ago from New York

    Teaches12345 Thank you very much.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    6 years ago

    What a beautiful legacy! I love this positive profile of a man.

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    Robin Grosswirth 

    6 years ago from New York

    Gypsy, thanks......Although fathers see their legacies realized in their sons, I think it is the daughters that they cling to most of all in a protective way, albeit at times a little too much overkill. Thanks for the accolades and for the read.

    And Sue, Thank you so much for quoting me. I am glad that part resonated with you.

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    Sueswan 

    6 years ago

    Hi Robin

    "He talks to the burgeoning belly as it swells with life, anticipating that which will carry his legacy into the sea of the afterlife."

    Wonderful imagery. Love this one.

    Voted up and away

    Take care :)

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 

    6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and awesome. The sons are usually always cherished the most by their fathers. Nicely expressed.

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    Robin Grosswirth 

    6 years ago from New York

    Thanks Audrey.

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    Audrey Howitt 

    6 years ago from California

    Lovely write--may all fathers read this and remember to cherish their children

  • RobinGrosswirth23 profile imageAUTHOR

    Robin Grosswirth 

    6 years ago from New York

    An ode to both father and child.

    On being a mother, well, we are given so much attention during the pregnancy and then the focus shifts to the child. However, it all begins with a father and I have tried to bring his position out of the shadows. He too nurtures this important legacy in his own way.

    A side bar, Vincent, I am so sorry for your loss (estrangement of your eldest). I understand only too well.

    Even if your son doesn't "come to his senses" as you have stated, know that you have done all that you could for this child. You will always be his father. When he is alone in his thoughts, I am sure that he is painfully aware of this loss.

    May life treat you kindly.

    Best,

    Robin

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    Vincent Moore 

    6 years ago

    An Ode to a son, I have two one I'm estranged from that be my oldest 25 and my youngest 18 yr old is close to me and loves his dad. I love them both as equals and I pray that my first born will come to his senses. You touch on the dreams and wishes of every father. A legacy is important to any man/father. To lose that is very painful indeed. Lovely poem, well done.

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