Sunday, June 20, 2010

Poetry Sunday~Happy Father's Day!

A poem for my father;

Happy Father's Day!
(c) Joni Zipp

When I was little
I’d sit on his shoulder
I didn’t fit
as I got older.

Memories of
our walks to the Fort
His towering body
and me real short.

Holding my hand
never letting it go.
My father; protector
always let me know.

I was his Peanut
the baby, his gem
never forgetting
who I really am.

I swiftly grew
he let go of my hand.
Out on my own
I’d firmly stand.

Always there
whenever I pleaded
he’d help me out,
with whatever I needed.

Although his struggles
were not far away.
He conquered the demons
through all of his days.

He’s a pillar now
to my eyes I behold.
The strongest of men
if truth be told.

I love my father
with all of my heart.
I’m always there
even though we’re apart.

Never forget
the woman you raised.
It is my Father
whom should be praised!
All rights reserved: copyright © Joni Zipp
*Fort McHenry was about a mile
from my house. We'd go there on Sundays 
and yes, he'd carry me on his shoulders 
until I got too big. :)


June said...

Beautifully done, Joni! It brought tears to my eyes.

I thought of my dad this last Sunday (as I do each day) since he died 3.5 years ago.

Your poetry makes me want to do something with my dad teaching me to fish in a cement gold fish pond when I was two....


joni said...

Thanks June!

I'm so glad this touched more than just me and on different levels. Our Dad's are pillars. :)