Daddy’s Poem

13 Dec

I received this today from my friend, Sharon, via email; I hadn’t seen this before and thought it novel enough to share with all:

Her hair was up in a pony tail,
Her favorite dress tied with a bow.
Today was Daddy’s Day at school,
And she couldn’t wait to go.
But her mommy tried to tell her,
That she probably should stay home;
Why the kids might not understand,
If she went to school alone.
But she was not afraid,
She knew just what to say:
What to tell her classmates
Of why he wasn’t there today.
But still her mother worried
For her to face this day alone,
And that was why once again,
She tried to keep her daughter home.
But the little girl went to school
Eager to tell them all
About a dad she never sees,
A dad who never calls.
There were daddies along the wall in back
For everyone to meet;
Children squirming impatiently,
Anxious in their seats.
One by one the teacher called
A student from the class,
To introduce their daddy
As seconds slowly passed.
At last the teacher called her name,
Every child turned to stare;
Each of them was searching
A man who wasn’t there.
“Where’s her daddy at?”
She heard a boy call out.
“She probably doesn’t have one,”
Another student dared to shout.
And from somewhere near the back
She heard a daddy say,
“Looks like another deadbeat dad,
Too busy to waste his day.”
The words did not offend her
As she smiled up at her Mom
And looked back at her teacher,
Who told her to go on.
And with hands behind her back,
Slowly she began to speak.
Out from the mouth of a child
Came words incredibly unique,
“My Daddy couldn’t be here
Because he lives so far away,
But I know he wishes he could be
Since this is such a special day.
And though you cannot meet him
I wanted you to know
All about my daddy
And how much he loves me so.
He loved to tell me stories.
He taught me to ride my bike.
He surprised me with pink roses.
He taught me to fly a kite.
We used to share fudge sundaes
And ice cream in a cone.
Although you cannot see him,
I’m not standing here alone.
’Cause my daddy’s always with me
Even though we are apart,
I know because he told me
He’ll forever be in my heart . ”
With that, her little hand reached up
And lay across her chest,
Feeling her own heartbeat
Beneath her favorite dress.
From somewhere in the crowd of dads
Her mother stood in tears,
Proudly watching her daughter
Who was wise beyond her years.
For she stood up for the love
Of a man not in her life,
Doing what was best for her,
Doing what was right.
And when she dropped her hand back down,
Staring straight into the crowd,
She finished with a voice so soft,
But its message clear and loud.
“I love my daddy very much,
He’s my shining star.
If he could, he’d be here,
But heaven’s just too far.
You see, he is a Marine
And died just this past year
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy
And taught Americans to fear.
But sometimes when I close my eyes
It’s like he never went away.”
And then she closed her eyes
And saw him there that day.
To her mother’s amazement,
She witnessed with surprise,
A room full of daddies and children
All start to close their eyes.
Who knows what they saw before them,
Who knows what they felt inside;
Perhaps for merely a second
They saw him at her side.
“I know you’re with me Daddy,”
To the silence she called out.
And what happened next made believers
Of those once filled with doubt.
No one in that room could explain it
For each of their eyes had been closed,
But there on the desk beside her
Was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.
A child was blessed, if only for a moment,
By the love of her shining star
And given the gift of believing
That heaven is never too far.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them. Share this with the people you’ll never forget. It’s a short message to let them know that you’ll never forget them.

If you don’t share it with anyone, it means you’re in a hurry and that you’ve forgotten your friends. Take the time…to live and love.

Until eternity. Goddess bless.

Author Unknown

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