Dad.

'bronze' photo (c) 2009, jenny downing - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

You took me on adventures, we went climbing on the rocks,
Nets and buckets in hand we’d find creatures in the pools.
You’d trust me to explore, to balance, clamber and jump,
But you’d be there when I needed you, you wouldn’t let me fall.

And when I found myself stumbling, you’d reach out your arm.
Your hand is my safety. Your voice is my calm.

You watched me learn how to speak my own mind,
Forming strong opinions on everything under the sun.
You taught me to be assertive, while staying generous.
You modelled for me how grace and strength are one.

And when I’d get frustrated or angry, you’d scoop me in your arms.
Your hand is my safety. Your voice is my calm.

When life became a rollercoaster, we took the loops together,
You were my seatbelt and the cushion for my head.
You taught me how to talk it out, and the dignity of tears,
You took me seriously when I left you my little notes on your bed.

And whenever I was wounded, you were my healing balm.
Your hand is my safety. Your voice is my calm.

You were my date night taxi driver, protective and discerning,
But you’re respected and loved by anyone I bring home.
You’ve made our house and family welcoming to anyone I like,
But if it all goes wrong, you’ve always got time to listen to me moan.

And you’re my provider of ice-cream, my protector from harm.
Your hand is my safety. Your voice is my calm.

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About Claire

@claireylegs Keen on Jesus. Keen on justice. Ministry assistant in the Great North East. Blogger. Find me in: coffee shop / church / pub / bed.
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One Response to Dad.

  1. Steven says:

    Beautiful poem! 🙂

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