New Poem

Father's Day

Today we celebrate you,
fathers. You know who you are:
the husbands and the single dads
you are the real deals, the MVPs,
the Hungry Jacks and Manwich men.
Whether you have a full head of hair
or are losing it strand by strand
we celebrate you,
because you value a woman’s opinion
because when the going gets tough,
you stay
because you know how to leave the cave
kill something and drag it back
every day.
Thanks for changing a diaper,
doing the 4 a.m. feeding,
playing catch after a 10-hour workday.
To the fathers, the dads, the pops, and the papis,
those who raise boys to be
brothers, husbands, and fathers,
and young women born to be
sisters, wives, and mothers,
thanks for being super men
even when you feel like Clark Kent,
mild mannered as the paint on the walls.
When you think your opinion doesn’t matter,
it does. When you think we aren’t listening, we are.
For all who say, “one day you’ll thank me for this,”
thank you.

Copyright 2006 January G. O'Neil


GreenishLady said…
Wow! That is a fabulous poem! If I was a Dad, I'd be swelling with pride to be thanked like that. Well done.
Kay Cooke said…
This SO needs to be said - fathers can get such bad press, but I agree, they are the most wonderful human beings around! I LOVED my Dad and I love my kids' Dad and they love him. I want to go write a father poem now!!!
Anonymous said…
Great poem! I don't think I read many father's day poems. Such wonderful writing!
writingblind said…
This is great, I love the different images you used to convey what it is to be father.

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