David Ignatow

(7 February 1914 - 17 November 1997 / Brooklyn/ New York)

For My Daughter

Poem by David Ignatow

When I die choose a star
and name it after me
that you may know
I have not abandoned
or forgotten you.
You were such a star to me,
following you through birth
and childhood, my hand
in your hand.

When I die
choose a star and name it
after me so that I may shine
down on you, until you join
me in darkness and silence
together.


Comments about For My Daughter by David Ignatow

  • Kamiel ChoiKamiel Choi (10/3/2017 8:30:00 AM)

    one of his weaker poems, rather cliché(Report)Reply

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  • Jenny Elvy (3/31/2016 4:55:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem, such a lovely sentiment.(Report)Reply

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (8/7/2015 10:05:00 PM)

    A loving father's wish to bless and guide his child as always - A lovely piece of poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Birgitta Abimbola HeikkaBirgitta Abimbola Heikka (4/22/2014 9:26:00 PM)

    Nice poem from a father to a beloved daughter. Did not like the ending though: until you join me in darkness and silence together. Morbid.(Report)Reply

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  • Michelle ClausMichelle Claus (4/16/2014 6:27:00 PM)

    Light and sweet, and coveys his breadth of fatherly love.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (4/16/2014 6:13:00 PM)

    beautiful loving emotions expressed in a lovely poem. Loved it.(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (4/16/2014 2:18:00 AM)

    very nice.a beautiful drop of dew.liked it.(Report)Reply

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  • Allison Helman (4/16/2012 6:31:00 PM)

    Breathtaking, Fathers can seem remote as stars growing up in adulation and a bit of fear but, you always know they're there. So, maybe to name one twinkling guiding gift for father can be one twinkling guiding gift from the infinite created by Our Father. The poem is more than sentimental. It is true.(Report)Reply

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  • Jasbir ChatterjeeJasbir Chatterjee (4/16/2012 7:34:00 AM)

    Marvellous...I shall show this poem to my daughter...(Report)Reply

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  • Junepaulette Gasrel-tibbettsJunepaulette Gasrel-tibbetts (8/13/2009 6:24:00 AM)

    people used to confuse me with his daughter-I remember them...She was lucky to have such a thoughtful dad honor her with his poem...
    I believe her name was 'Yadi'(Report)Reply

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (10/24/2008 5:36:00 PM)

    I met David Ignatow many years ago in East Hampton where I spent part of my teen years.Ironically this is the first time I have ever read any of his poetry.my brother Fred knew him.I like his direct approach and this a very sentimental heart-felt poem.Peace.Many tens and stars(Report)Reply

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  • Sue Ann Simar (6/24/2008 9:37:00 PM)

    tender...poignant...loving(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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