Daddy's Poem by unknown poet

Daddy's Poem

Her hair was up in a pony tail, 
Her favourite dress tied with a bow. 
Today was Daddy's Day at school, 
And she couldn't wait to go. 

But her Mummy 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. 
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 British soldier
And died just this past year 
When a roadside bomb hit his convoy 
And taught Britons 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 mother’s 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 of their eyes had been closed. 
But there on the desk beside her, 
Was a fragrant long-stemmed 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.

Send this to the people you'll never forget and 
Remember to send it also to the person that sent it to you. It's a short message to let them know that you'll never forget them. 

If you don't send it to anyone, it means you're

in a hurry and that you've forgotten your friends. Take the live and love. Until eternity. God bless!


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tony sheridan

Wed 9th Jan 2013 19:30

Beautiful. Well done whoever wrote this. Thanks for this. Take care, Tony.

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nick armbrister

Wed 9th Jan 2013 19:02

indeed, we be like the robots in I robot film with made in taiwan stamped on our arses lol.

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Wed 9th Jan 2013 15:45

No worries - it would be a boring world if we all had exactly the same taste :)

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nick armbrister

Wed 9th Jan 2013 15:41

well isobel i like the poem, its 1 i was sent. we all have our views if we like or dislike. yes its sentimental. maybe too much. it could actually have been adapted from an american poem but im just guessing there. yes the last bit is a bit annoying but i thought id include the full thing.

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Wed 9th Jan 2013 15:04

I suppose everybody's idea of moving is different Nick. This is too sentimental for me to find moving. It sounds like something American that has been adapted to fit the British military scene. That kind of scenario just wouldn't happen in an English school.

A lot of people don't like chain mail because of the implied threat at the end. The 'send this on or else' message. In this case there is no threat of anything nasty happening - just the accusation that we would be uncaring people - which wouldn't be true at all.

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nick armbrister

Wed 9th Jan 2013 00:18

i dont know who the poet was.

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nick armbrister

Wed 9th Jan 2013 00:18

the poem was wrote by a poet, i was forwarded it by a friend and in turn forwarded it and posted it. id guess the poem was written last year and relates to the ongoing conflict in afghan our armed forces are involved in and the resulting aftermath is shown in this 1 small but moving story. there are many such stories. not just in this war but all of them...

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Tommy Carroll

Tue 8th Jan 2013 21:35

''...If you don't send it to anyone, it means you're

in a hurry and that you've forgotten your friends...'' is it now?

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