Helen Steiner Rice

(1900 - 1981 / Ohio / United States)

Fathers Are Wonderful People - Poem by Helen Steiner Rice

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should...

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills...

And Father struggles daily
To live up to 'his image'
As protector and provider
And 'hero of the scrimmage'...

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad's heart,
Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental
And as 'soft' as he can be...

But he's so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife...

But Fathers are just wonderful
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolades of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness...

And like Our Heavenly Father,
He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
To be always on our side.

Topic(s) of this poem: fathers, fathers day

Comments about Fathers Are Wonderful People by Helen Steiner Rice

  • Rajnish Manga (6/20/2016 12:22:00 AM)

    Extremely wonderful portrayal of the role a father plays for the welfare of the family. Thanks.
    And we do not sing their praises
    As often as we should...
    ....He's a guardian and a guide,
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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (6/19/2016 6:24:00 PM)

    Awesome poem on father.....Full marks. (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2016 3:27:00 PM)

    Yes watchers are wonderful! (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (6/19/2016 1:41:00 PM)

    This is a much more loving tribute to Fathers than Anne Bradstreet's. (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/19/2016 1:00:00 PM)

    Fathers are wonderful people.
    Like the heavenly Father, he is a guardian and a guide!
    A beautiful tribute on the Father's day!
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  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (6/19/2016 11:06:00 AM)

    You father, after reading his should be feeling that he as accomplished everything in life. Wonderful write and a great tribute to all fathers. Congratulations and thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (6/19/2016 6:59:00 AM)

    A wonderful tribute to the institution called father. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/19/2016 12:59:00 AM)

    As protector and provider! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Charity Nduhiu (9/15/2015 7:40:00 AM)

    Wonderful i am sure all fathers reading this poem will never be the same again. Very inspiring (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, September 11, 2015

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