Father’s Day Poems for Dad, By Dad

In honor of all of our Rocket City Dads, our resident author and fellow dad, Benjamin Shapiro shares a poetic parenting perspective on all things Father’s Day.

To My Dad, These Six Years Gone

I think about you
Everyday, missing you,
Though you live in me.


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Dad

It was only the first nine months
That I did not carry you,
Since then I have held you close.
You are my reason for
Being a better man,
The driving purpose of my life.
I am the one who holds you
When times get tough,
The one who scolds you
When you need a lesson.
I teach you independence and
Kindness, empathy and
Forgiveness and love
Unconditional.
I am your dad.
And it is the best
Job title
In the universe.

Dear Girls

From the anthology, I Once Was Free But Now Am Bound
Dear girls,
Daddy here
You are my world
You give me cheer
I am only here today
Due to the love you give
I just wanted to say
Thank you for helping me live.
Once upon a time, you see
I was not the man you know,
Not e’en the man I sought to be,
The man you helped to grow.
I hope you were too young then
To remember the bad days,
To remember all the times when
I stumbled in a daze.
I was a drunk and very mad
I treated you so wrong
I made your mother very sad
And barely got along.
I didn’t hate you guys at all,
Though it did seem that way
I was a human who did fall
And I tried to run away.
No, I never left you guys,
My escape was beer and wine,
And when I drank, my ire did rise,
It happened every time.
In the punishment I sought
I really punished you,
Demons needed to be fought,
But I only hurt you two.
One day I woke up in pain,
Your mother wanted to leave,
I swore I’d never drink again,
A promise hard to believe.
But I have kept it up so far,
And hope I’ll make amends,
You two are my shining stars
My babies to the end.
Forgive a lost man, for his heart
Belongs to my heroes two.
We’ve been given a new start.
As always, Daddy loves you.


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Father’s Day

On this day, we grill,
For it is our day, and we
Must cook anyway.

Dads of All Sorts

There are dads
Of all sorts:
Some play catch
And teach sports
Other dads
Build blanket forts,
Some dads
Work all day long,
Others share
A pretty song,
Fishing and hunting
Are some dads’ way
Other dads are
All about play.
No matter which dad
You happen to be
May your Father’s Day
Be Happy.

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