Lynn W. Petty

Gold Star - 5,245 Points (3/29/28 / Newport Beach, California)

A Father - Poem by Lynn W. Petty

I looked into the face of this new life,
I thought of what a father had to be;
Provider for his family, all its needs;
A strong example for his child to see;
Protector, when the lights have been turned out;
A teacher teaching values, all their worth;
A leader in a world of clouded doubt;
A friend when all her 'friends' had disappeared;
A gentle man to wipe away her tears,
When hurts seem more than little souls can bear.
All these and, more, is what I vowed to be.
Together, hand in hand, my wife and I
Gazed in that crib of pink and feather-down.
In prayer, we asked for guidance in the care
And rearing of our child; for courage in
The years that lie ahead; for strength to face
The tasks as they appear. Retired to
The sanctity of bed, we lay within
Each other's arms, she said, 'Our strength will come
From love we have to give. Our courage from
The growth of all our years. Our guidance from
The answered prayers when we should ask.' Alert
To noises from the baby's room, we slept
Upon the twilight edge of wake, immersed
Within the passion of our parenthood.

Topic(s) of this poem: parenthood

Form: Free Verse

Comments about A Father by Lynn W. Petty

  • Chinedu Dike (2/11/2018 7:56:00 PM)

    The essence and intricacies of fatherhood is aptly captured in the poem. Beautiful piece of poetry nicely brought forth with spiritual insight. Thanks for sharing Lynn. (Report) Reply

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  • Bri Edwards (4/30/2017 2:35:00 PM)

    hello again,

    Lynn has SEVEN POEMS in a series: The Honeymoon, How Beautiful is Woman Full With Child, A Father, My Son, Childhood, Brass Rings, and then….. No Monarch, She..'
    ………………in that order.
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  • Bri Edwards (6/4/2016 3:30:00 PM)

    Especially enjoyed last line, partly for the alliteration.

    Well, if you did have a girl, that is one way in which you and I are alike. But I did not desire to be a father; I did it for my wife; I had my vas deferens resected a few months later.

    I think resected works here.


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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/2/2016 11:00:00 AM)

    Love is the main key about life. To give thanks and praises always. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (1/26/2016 10:06:00 PM)

    What a beautiful and heart touching poem this is! Amazing message of love for a child, one that is very blessed to have parents such as you! Fathers are the leaders and protectors of their wives and children, a sacred trust given to them when they become a father. This poem definitely shows the proof of that! Wonderfully and tenderly written right from the heart! Totally love this poem. Give it a 10++++++++ Added it to my favorite poem list, and you to my poet's list if that is alright. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/26/2016 6:37:00 PM)

    When the lights have been turned out;
    A father becomes wise and nice for child and becomes teacher teaching values to nourish life's destination. From love we have to give something we have to learn. Our courage is definitely supported. Very amazing and wise composition shared on. Excellent.10
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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