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Old 05-09-2006, 02:21 PM   #1
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Daddy's Poem

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 every one 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.
And 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,
and taught me to fly a kite.

We used to share fudge sundaes,
and ice cream in a cone.
And though 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.

And from somewhere here 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.
And 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.

And to her mothers amazement,
she witnessed with surprise.
A room full of daddies and children,
all starting 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.

Not one in that room could explain it,
for each o f their eyes had been closed.
But there on the desk beside her,
was a fragrant long-stemmed pink rose.

And 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.
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Old 05-20-2006, 05:55 PM   #2
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Mashell,
This is so sad.I cried the whole time I was reading it.Thank you for posting it. :huggies:
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Old 05-20-2006, 06:39 PM   #3
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OK I read the first paragraph and realized what it was and about cried just thinking about reading more. This killed me!
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OK, I collected myself and read. The marine and the pink flower was not part of the one I read. It ended at Heaven is just to far away I think.
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awww thanks for sharing Great poem...
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HUGE lump in my throat
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Made me start crying....
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Old 03-14-2010, 03:16 PM   #8
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That poem made me BALL!!!
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Old 03-14-2010, 07:19 PM   #9
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I do not think it's about being sad, it's about the Love and Honor a Real Father has for his own.
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I think its a statement that a true father's love can transcend any boundaries.
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That poem made me BALL!!!
Uhhhh. Bawl. This distinction could be an important one......(sorry).
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What a moving poem! I'm not American, but I know I personally believe that anyone who sacrifices their life for the good of their country is a hero.

A close friend of mine lost her brother to a road side bomb in Afghanistan two years ago. He was 24 and training to be a medic with the Canadian Military. It broke my heart to attend a funeral of someone younger than me and I'll never forget what he sacrificed for our country.

God Bless all those who have served and all those who are serving.
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God Bless all serviceman, no matter what country, past and present.
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I had the honor to serve with Canadian, British, Australian, German, Ti, Korean, Philippine Naval and other branches. I saw those men completed their missions with Honor and Integrity. We need our allies. Ans should recognize their sacrifices too.
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OMG...that's a pretty bad gramatical error to make!! OOOOOPS!!! Bawl....not ball. Haven't seen any of those in a long time.
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I just read this poem and I would like to say thank you Mashell for posting it. I love those things that pull at your heart stings and touch you personnaly.

I loved it. Thank you again.
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Great poem!
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I love it!
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