Graduation Poem

Graduation Poem To Daughter

I wrote this poem while I was in jail. I missed a lot of things while I was gone, and the one thing that I missed that really gets to me is my daughter's graduation. I've done a lot of soul searching and looking for answers, and what I've come up with is that there is nothing more precious than time. You can't turn it back and you can't start over. I have a lot of guilt, but life is a learning experience, right? So I'm going to turn this into a positive thing.

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I was reflecting today about my desire to feel like a Daddy's girl. Here I am, in my mid-fifties now, and I still want to feel like a cherished daughter. As my own (largely...

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Published: June 2017

Embrace who you are,
And love like a fool.
Try not to judge,
And never be cruel.
Hold your head high,
And never look back,
Give all you can,
And never hold back.
Laugh like a clown,
And cry like the rain.
Remember with the price of peace
There sometimes comes pain.
Always care for your family
Because too soon they're gone.
Forgive and forget,
And try to live on.
Face all your fears,
And try to be brave.
If you remember love is the answer,
Then you'll always be saved.
Don't compare yourself to others,
Or you'll always be vain.
Remember you're one of God's flowers,
And none of them plain.
You're the light in my life
And the love in my heart.
I knew you were special from the very first start.
When I first held you close,
And I whispered your name,
I knew that my life would never be the same.
I love you, my girl,
From the very first day,
And a team of wild horses couldn't drag me away,
So remember these words on your special day,
And daddy's girl you'll always stay.

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  • Kevin Da Poet by Kevin Da Poet, Durban,DBN
  • 2 years ago

This is a very touching poem. By reading the poem you can see and feel that father daughter relationship. Great use of rich words is what makes a perfect poem.

  • Mentor Exhibit by Mentor Exhibit
  • 2 years ago

"Embrace who you are,
And love like a fool.
Try not to judge,
And never be cruel."
I love the above lines of this poem.

  • WendyWu by WendyWu
  • 2 years ago

I was reflecting today about my desire to feel like a Daddy's girl. Here I am, in my mid-fifties now, and I still want to feel like a cherished daughter. As my own (largely absentee/alcoholic/now deceased) father is no longer (& never much was) around, I decided to turn to God in my heart this morning about this pressing desire.
He showed me today, as I sat in my car to eat an ice-block, a man walking toward the supermarket (a firm grip, hand-in-hand), with his daughter as they walked through the carpark and over the pedestrian crossing towards the supermarket entrance. She would not let go, cheerily skipping and chatting with him as they walked. I found it quite enchanting as I watched, with a sense of reassurance...tied up with a sense of longing.
Then I come home to find the Poem of the Week from a father's perspective...of times lost with his daughter...and how he feels about that.
Neither of these events today can change what I missed out on, but I'm strangely comforted all the same.

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