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Stained Shirt

Updated on August 10, 2013

A Fathers Love

There are many different kinds of love in the world. The love I have for my mother is indescribable. My wife is my soul-mate...I could not live without her. And then there are my daughters. There is not a word in the English language that could describe the love that I have for my children. They are a part of me, they are my heart. They are all grown now, and unfortunately have all moved some miles away. But like the stains that they have left on my shirts, so is the mark of their existence forever imprinted on my soul.

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The first came silent

Eyes wide open, simple

The second came wailing

Veins stood out on her temple

The third, too silent

I feared, and I prayed

Then she gasped life

when God kissed her dimple





There were times as a Dad

Discipline I did assert

But it was to me they came

When a dark dream, or a hurt

Clung to me with dirty little fingers

My garage filled

With many a stained shirt

I toiled in the sun

No regrets for they are fed

They snuggled to my side

As tales and stories I read

Kissed sleepy cheeks

And tucked them into bed

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Their pink ears pinched

And their toes I would tickle

Make funny faces

And my rear I would jiggle

Their bellies would roll

A house filled with laughter

When three little girls

Together would giggle

Now they are women

All three are grown

Beautifully blessed

With child of their own

Not just a Dad, for now I am Grand

For new child love

Into my life has been sown

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      Oh Wayne. Just reading through this gave me tears of joy. Your daughters are beautiful and such adorable grandchildren. The expression of love for them here has touched my heart.

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well Sir Wayne you make me proud to be a man (although I am 54, never been married with no children) and you my friend are a gentleman that 'we' should all look up to as a true hero.

      You know my dad was my best friend (he was an older dad; when I came into the world he was 40) so I have a pretty good idea of what it's like to be a good dad.

      I was so moved and touched by this - possibly the most heartfelt and sincere father/daughter(s) poetic ode I have ever read here at the Hub - and of course your three lovely daughters are blessed, very much so, by having someone as special as you in their lives. Amen. (And we can't forget your lovely wife either in all of this)

      Sending you sincere warm wishes and good thoughts this sunday afternoon at 12:15pm lake erie time canada

      Please check your fan mail.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it, Wayne. Which one is Elizabeth in those pictures? You are a blessed man and it shines through in this lovely poem.

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      brownella 4 years ago from New England

      Beautiful poem and a lovely sentiment. It reminded me of my Dad (he had 5 girls) and made me smile. Thanks :)

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Such a beautiful family! Loved your poem.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Joanne: I'm glad you enjoyed the poem, and yes, I may be partial, but I think I have the most beautiful children in the world.

      Colin: Your compliment means a lot to me. I am extremely proud to be a father. I'm glad you had the opportunity to experience the love of a good Dad. I was not so fortunate. Maybe that's why I wanted to give my daughters the best that I had.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Billy. Miss Liz is the middle child. She's the one with the courage to wear a Raider jersey in public : ) She'll kill me for that!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      5 girl! I'm bald with just 3...doe's he even have a head left?

      Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Susan.

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      Erika 4 years ago

      Dad that was so beautiful and made me cry. I miss you so much and love you with all my heart. I cannot wait to see you again and for you to see Penny again. I show her pictures of the time you and Brandie were here and I tell her all about it and sometimes she even giggles a little.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you sweetie. I miss you and love and Penny with all my heart.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      So beautiful Wayne! Bless you and your three beautiful daughters. Not many could be as expressive as you when it comes to a fatherly affection and that my fellow poet is indeed, very admirable.

      You made me cry...missing my dad who's miles away from me and who never fails to say "i love you" whenever we speak on the phone or on FB.

      Voting up and across and will share.

      P.S. Love the photos specially the bottom one with the grand kids. What bliss!

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      Jane Holmes 4 years ago

      How beautiful! I can see why it made your daughter cry! Your daughters are so blessed to have you.

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      Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You have created living, loving masterpieces, Wayne, and you have just written a masterpiece about your love for your beautiful daughters. Like all masterpieces, love endures forever. Totally, indescribably awesome!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Amy. What a wonderful compliment. : )

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Me and my daughters do the same thing . FB is a wonderful thing for that reason...plus I get to continually see updated pics of my Grandbabies!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I think I am the one who is blessed to have them. In a way, they saved my life.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Dad, you made so much of our childhood so fun and memorable. I only wish you lived near us so that your grandchildren could have as many memories as I do. This was beautiful and made me tear up, thank you for this...

      PS It is YOUR fault I like the Raiders. Just sayin...

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Lol, I was going to text you back and tell you to look at my response to Billy's comment. I love you doll!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      LOL I love you too!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      wayne barrett,

      really beautiful poem that you have here

      thanks and voted up.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      great poems, im so happy to hear about your family and all, I don't have a family yet, but, I love my dad, hes done alot. nothing like fatherly love. great read, as always

      I. White

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      Farhat 4 years ago from Delhi

      Wow wayne barrett,..daughters are boons to parents and You are really a blessed dad...wonderful poem & great dipiction!...voted +++up dear!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      torrilynn: Thank you for your support. It's very much appreciated.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good to see you, Martin. Thank you very much.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good morning, Isaac. I'm glad you enjoyed the piece. I'm sure one day you will be blessed with a family all your own. Thank you much!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much for your kind compliments and support.

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      TDM 4 years ago from Welcome to my beautiful world, where magic is no longer a myth.

      your welcome

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Absolutely wonderful Wayne... this poetry, and the personal glimpse into what gives you joy

      Very nice...

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      WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Beautiful work, Wayne, and read three times.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      i love you...will you be my father in my next life please?...

      this poem is simply gorgeous - infused with so much love and pride that it practically bursts at the seams!

      i am sharing it everywhere - including my fb page..Lol..a rare event..haha..

      so perfect..

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Laurenzo. They are definitely my pride and joy.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Appreciate it, Will. Always an honor to have you stop by.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Leslie, you always leave me with a big grin on my mug. I thank you so much for your support...and darlin, I love you too!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Oh a fathers love this is simply beautiful.. and what a blessed life you have.. being a parent is wonderful and being a grandparent is absolutely wonderful..

      in your poems to your daughters show how blessed you are and how happy.. Many blessings my friend

      voted up and sharing

      Debbie

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much, Debbie. I think we are called grandparents, not because we are special, but because those children make us feel grand!

      My 90 year old grandmother is still alive and I adore her. She is the great great grandmother to my grandkids.

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Wow so beautiful and profound.You are very talented, I have enjoyed each of your poems, they are all brilliant.Nice pictures.God bless you all.

      I look forward to reading more from you soon.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A beautiful and heartfelt poem Wayne! I have only one daughter, grown and only 100 miles away, I'm glad to say. No grandchildren, and that is okay. I even helped her move (again) last weekend.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      James: Thank you so much my friend...and may God bless you as well!

      Xstatic: Daughters are a blessing. I'm glad you are close to yours.

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Your poetry about your three daughters is absolutely beautiful!...and the photos of your daughters as children and then as young women, and your grand kids are all so precious.....thanks for sharing....this is lovely!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Helen.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Wayne you are one lucky man to have the love of your life by your side and rich beyond any measure for having such lovely daughters and grandchildren. Great pics. Reading this that old song came to mind Sunrise, Sunset. Wishing you all the best. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Good morning, Gypsy. Thank you for the visit and the warm compliments.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      You are blessed! Thank you for sharing this piece of your life with us!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much, Audrey.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Wayne , I know that there is no luckier man than the one loved by daughters and sons !....We are blessed ,No?..awesome read !....ED

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Indeed we are, Ed. Thanks for stopping by...Wayne

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      Darrylmdavis 4 years ago from Brussels, Belgium

      Lovely poem. Thank you for sharing :-)

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Darryl: thank you very much!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Awesome, beautifully expressed a brilliant piece. Voted up.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Vellur.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      This is beautiful, Wayne. I'm not yet a Grand - maybe someday?

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, bravewarrior.

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      April Cote 4 years ago

      Dad, that was so beautiful. Made me cry... Thank you for being such a wonderful father to me and my little sisters. You have always been there for us and have taught me, and are still teaching me, how to be the type of parent and role model you are to me. Thank you for encouraging me to eat weird things, telling corny and hilarious jokes, to stand up for myself and my family, to laugh at myself, reading the Hobbit to me, disciplining me with either a deserving smack, grounding or scalding, tickling me until I cried, letting me play with your hair, giving me books to read, pets to raise, taking us for long drives in the mountains, piggy back rides, long hours of conversation the phone, teaching me that being different is fun, telling me I am smart, telling me I am beautiful, laughing with me, laughing AT me, to never lie, telling me you are proud of me, encouraging me to be myself, teaching me that I can believe in want I want to believe in not what others tell me I am supposed to believe, protecting me, loving me, for being an awesome grandfather to my own children and being a wonderful role model to them. I love you and no one will ever take your place in my heart. Thank you for being a great father and one of the greatest people that I know. I am so thankful and lucky to call you my Dad. I love you with all my heart.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Okay, you just made your Father cry...nuf said!

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Great poem Wayne, the moment I read the title "Stained Shirt" I knew I was onto something good. I will vote up.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much for the support, thost.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A beautiful poem and photos Wayne, thank you for sharing.

      Voting up, totally precious and awesome!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Movie Master: thank you for your visit and your kind words. Writing about those you love seems to come a little easier than usual. I sensed the same when I read you're recent piece about you're friend "Major".

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I just love this, Wayne!!! There must be a special reward in any afterlife for such a father as you! Beautiful! Gets my votes and accolades across the bar!! Makes me smile the rest of the day!

      I recommend arb's hub (titled "A Letter") - about his daughters whom he loves like this.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Dear Nellieanna, thank you so much. I will try to find the hub you suggested...Wayne

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Wayne... heartfelt words from a man who loves his family. I just have this impression that grandchildren are very very special in your home. Keep the love happening my friend... voted up and across the board.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Rolly: Thank you very much for stopping by!

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      Safaanur Taher 4 years ago from Bahrain

      utterly beautiful .. Im so touched by it .. well written !! May God bless you and your family :)

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      After thinking about daughters and reading this again Wayne , I 'm wondering .........How did we do it !,,lol..........This is still awesome !

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Safaa, and may you and your family be blessed as well!

      Ed: I've asked myself the same question many times. It has been quite a rough journey at times but worth every bump in the road! Thanks so much for stopping by a second time!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      At this moment, I need you to know.....your poem written from the depths of your heart & soul.....the expression of paternal devotion....made me sob, as I ache to see my own Dad again....and yet smile so big...as I see Grampa kiss his grandbaby's tiny toes........I needn't explain my dual emotions....after all, you raised 3 females.....UP+++

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Oh, yes. I have experienced some emotions. But it doesn't bother me; I'm a pretty emotional guy. Paula, I appreciate you stopping by my humble hubs and leaving all those wonderful compliments. I must take the time to hop over and visit your page.

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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      A beautiful poem and story....a great tribute to your daughters...thanks for sharing Wayne:-))

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Valleypoet...and again, thanks for the wonderful piece on your daughter.

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