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Father's Day Poems

What Makes A Dad
The Little Chap Who Follows Me
Please Daddy, Let's Go
My Dad's Hands
My Dad
Dad Says...

What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

Author unknown

The Little Chap Who Follows Me

A careful man I ought to be,
A little fellow follows me,
I do not dare to go astray
For fear he'll go the selfsame way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate'er he sees me do, he tries;
Like me, he says, he's going to be,
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine
The base in me he must not see,
The little chap who follows me.

I must remember as I go,
Through summer's fun and winter's snow,
In building for the years to be
The little chap who follows me!

Please Daddy, Let's Go

A little girl with shining eyes,
Her upturned face aglow,
Said, "Daddy, it's almost time
For Sunday School, you know;
Let's go and hear of Jesus' love
Of how He died for all,
To take them to His home above
Who on His name will call."
"Oh no," said Daddy, "Not to-day;
I've worked hard all the week;
And I must have one day of rest,
And fishing's find they say;
So run along, don't bother me,
We'll go ANOTHER day."
Months and years have passed away,
But Daddy hears that plea no more--
"Let's go to Sunday School..."
Those childish days are o'er.
And now that Daddy's growing old,
And life is almost through,
He finds some time to go to church,
BUT, what does daughter do?
She says, "Oh, daddy, not to-day.
Was out almost all night;
I've got to get a little sleep:
Besides, I look a fright."
Then daddy lifts a trembling hand
To brush away the tears;
Again he hears that pleading voice,
Distinctly through the years,
He sees a small girl's upturned face,
Upturned with eyes aglow,
Saying, "It's time for Sunday School.
Please, daddy, won't you go?"

~~Author Unknown

My Dad's Hands

Bedtime came, we were settling down,
I was holding one of my lads.
As I grasped him so tight, I saw a strange sight:
My hands. . .they looked like my dad's!
I remember them well, those old gnarled hooks,
there was always a cracked nail or two.
And thanks to a hammer that strayed from its mark,
his thumb was a beautiful blue!
They were rough, I remember, incredibly tough,
as strong as a carpenter's vice.
But holding a scared little boy at night,
they seemed to me awfully nice!
The sight of those hands - how impressive it was
in the eyes of his little boy.
Other dads' hands were cleaner, it seemed
(the effects of their office employ).
I gave little thought in my formative years
of the reason for Dad's raspy mitts:
The love in the toil, the dirt and the oil,
rusty plumbing that gave those hands fits!
Thinking back, misty-eyed, and thinking ahead,
when one day my time is done.
The torch of love in my own wrinkled hands
will pass on to the hands of my son.
I don't mind the bruises, the scars here and there
or the hammer that just seemed to slip.
I want most of all when my son takes my hand,
to feel that love lies in the grip.

By David Kettler

My Dad

When I was just a tiny kid,
Do you remember when,
The time you kissed my bruises,
Or cleaned by soiled chin?

You scrambled for the balls I hit,
(Short-winded more than not,)
Yet, every time we'd play a game,
You praised the "outs" I caught.

It seems like only yesterday,
You wiped away my tears,
And late at night I called your name,
To chase away my fears.

Though time has changed your handsome grip,
Your hair is snowy white,
You gait's a little slower now,
Thick glasses help your sight.

Oh, do I thirst for years gone by,
To be that growing lad,
Re-living all of the memories,
Of growing with my dad.

DAD SAYS...

Don't ask me, ask your mother.

Were you raised in a barn? Close the door.

You didn't beat me. I let you win.

Big boys don't cry.

Don't worry. It's only blood.

Don't you know any normal boys?

Now you listen to ME, Buster!

I'll play catch after I read the paper.

Coffee will stunt your growth.

A little dirt never hurt anyone--just wipe it off..

Get your elbows off the table.

I told you, keep your eye on the ball.

Who said life was supposed to be fair?

The fair's in October.

Always say please and thank you.
That way, you get more.

If you forget,
you'll be grounded till the end of the world.

You call that a haircut?

"Hey" is for horses.

This will hurt me a lot more than it hurts you.

Turn off those lights.
Do you think I am made of money?

Don't give me any of your lip, young lady.

You call that noise "music"?

We're not lost.
I'm just not sure where we are.

No, we're not there yet.

Shake it off. It's only pain.

When I was your age ,
I treated MY father with respect.

As long as you live under my roof,
you'll live by my rules.

I'll tell you why. Because I said so. That's why.

Do what I say, not what I do.

Sit up straight, knucklehead!

So you think you're smart, do you?

What's so funny? Wipe that smile off your face.

Young ladies perspire, they do not sweat.

If I've told you once,
I've told you a thousand times

You want something to do?
I'll give you something to do.

You should visit more often.
Your mother worries.

This is your last warning.
.
I'm not sleeping, I was watching that channel.

What keeps those jeans of yours from falling off?

I'm not just talking to hear my own voice!

A little pain never hurt anybody.

I knew how to cook
when I was your age, young lady!

Don't take yourself so seriously,
take what you do seriously!

Laugh at yourself first,
you'll take the bite out of others doing so for you.

You're always a winner if you lose with a smile.

Go tell your mother she wants you.

Any fights, I win!

That's the best way I know to put out an eye!

You could drive a wooden man nuts!

In MY day......

Eat it! It will grow hair on your chest!

Don't forget to check your oil.

Four things come not back:
time past, the spoken word,
the sped arrow and a missed opportunity.

You can want in one hand and spit in the other
and see which one fills up first.

If your friend jumped off a bridge would you?

If I didn't love you so much I wouldn't punish you...
I would let you do whatever you wanted.

Stop crying or I'll give you a reason to cry.

You have things so easy!

When I was your age
I had to walk to school in 10 feet of snow
up hill both ways!

You're only young once.

You're gonna like it, whether you like it or not!

The early bird gets the worm. Rise and shine!

Don't take any wooden nickels!

Life is a journey
and you've just reached
one of many speed bumps to come.

Don't look at me in that tone of voice!

How many times
do I have to pound that into your head?

I'm not lost, it's just over the next hill!

If you want to do something,
do it because you want to.
Don't do it because someone else did.

As long as you tried your hardest,
that's all that matters.

What do you think this is, your birthday?

If ifs and buts were candy and nuts
then we'd all have a merry Christmas.

Don't believe anything you hear
and only half of what you see.

What do you think I am, a bank?

What part of NO don't you understand?

I don't care what other people are doing!
I'm not everybody elses father!

You're not leaving my house dressed like that!
What will other parents think?

Could those sleeves be any longer?

You look like a bag lady!

Headache remedy:
Put your head through the window
and the pain will be gone.

Worrying about things you can't change
is like a rocking chair...
it gives you something to do,
but it doesn't get you anywhere.

Hurt much? I didn't feel a thing.

I feel for you, but I can't reach you from here.

If you're gonna be dumb, you've gotta be tough.

Didn't your teacher learn you anything?!

You can marry a rich guy just as easily
as you can a poor guy.

It's hard to be good, and easy to be bad.

If you're going to steal a car,
at least make it a Cadillac
(but don't call me asking for bail.)

I got my tongue wrapped around my eye-tooth
and couldn't see what I was saying.

Men are like buses.
Just wait on the corner
and another one will come along.

Don't tell on anybody
unless you tell on yourself first.

Hey, did you hear me talking to you?

. I'm not watching television. I'm resting my eyes.

Don't use that tone with me!

Am I talking to a brick wall?

If I catch you doing that one more time, I'll...

Act your age.

Two wrongs do not make a right.

Wipe your feet!

Enough is enough!

Don't make me stop the car!

What did I just get finished telling you?

You know you're always
gonna to be Daddy's little girl...