Lynn W. Petty
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.
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