Father Poem

This poem is about the circle of life.

Family Circle

© Melissa G. Nicks
When I am born, you are here
In your eye, I see a tear
Time flies and already I'm two
"Look, Daddy, I can tie my shoe!"

Before you know it, I'm five
Every day, you thank God I'm alive
Pretty soon, I turn eight
You tell me I'm never allowed to date

I'm already twelve in my preteen years
Which means you'll help me with all my new fears
Now fourteen with my permit to drive
Waiting to hit the big one-five

Too early comes sixteen, with my license now
It went by too fast, you just ask how

You want to meet my boyfriend when I'm eighteen
I pray to God that you're not too mean
The same guy two years later asks for my hand
I'm relieved when you say, that's just grand

About a year later, you walk me down the aisle
Through all the tears, you bare a smile
Three years later, you're gonna be a grandfather
You show love and pride for your new granddaughter

Another year down the road
Mom dies, oh the many tears that flowed
You're not doing so well without her
Less than a year later, you forgot all about her

Alzheimer's sets in and it scares me so
Not long after, you decide to go
Now I'm regretting not saying goodbye
Every time I think about it, I start to cry

The cycle has begun again
It has started over with little Megan
The other day, she turned two
And said, "Look, daddy, I can tie my shoe!"


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Published: Feb 2006

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  • WOW I have tears in my eyes it felt like I was reading a book written on my life !!!!
    My Daughter turned three this year and with everything she does "I think I too once walked this road how fast time goes."

    Beautiful this poem I will be printing and adding to Abigail's memory box for her to read.

    wow , wow , wow - lets appreciate life , it goes so fast !!!

    Monnick Submitted Sep 2009

  • This has touched me in a way that no poem has, not even my own. I have a friend that just wrote a poem about her dad that she never met and this reminded me of when she had told me the story. It brought tears to my eyes. Even though I can't relate to it but I know people who could. It is a beautiful poem.

    Alexandria Duarte Submitted Sep 2009

  • I like this poem because it makes me happy

    Nigeria Submitted Feb 2010

  • I like this poem because it rhymes and it makes me feel happy and jolly at the same time.

    Liverpool Submitted Feb 2010

  • This poem is a fantastic and is probably going to touch everyone when they read it. Its really good when it talks about a child growing up. It put me into tears a bit but I was still jolly at the same time. (:

    Leeds Submitted Feb 2010

  • I've never read such a beautiful poem and so full with emotion it's like a living poem. I really love my dad and it reminds me of how I felt if he wasn't there for me any more.
    thanks a lot for that

    Maida, Hackney UK Submitted Jan 2011

  • I'm SO touched by your poem!

    I always loved to read something that describe each years progress and I especially love Father & Daughter relationship things, it's such an irony with what I've been through though...

    But anyway, I love this ^^ thank you for publishing this :)

    Indonesia Submitted Jan 2012

  • This is so touching. I couldn't take my eyes off till I reached the very last word. It's simple, and real which makes it amazing. Beautiful writing

    Ity, Nigeria Submitted May 2012

  • I rate this poem as fantastic marvelous touching. I am so very mesmerized by your expressiveness. May your poem inspire you to move forward in beauty of prose & emphasis. Man has the ability to encourage others in positive ways. Thank you for your endearing words.

    Verlinda Velarde, C0lorado Submitted 6/18/2013

  • I cried when I read this poem. It made me think of my dad who passed away 1 year ago and I miss him so much .

    Sydney Australia Submitted 6/19/2013

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