A Father’s Day Tribute by Mary Lou Meyers

What does it take to be a good dad today?
It takes more than just income, providing for,
more than just a presence in the house
or one who metes out punishment
and occasional rewards,
a trip to the zoo or an ice cream cone.

It takes being a part of the daily Give and Take
to make a family work.
It takes a shoulder to cry on or ride on,
pushing a swing that carries them beyond the commonplace
into the rare.

It takes dropping what you’re doing,
a listening ear, and a caring tone for their sake.
It doesn’t take Grandiose Plans
or wishful thinking,
but more subtle innuendos
for kids like to orchestrate their own Fate.

It takes a father, who is cheering them on in the stands,
practicing what he preaches in homework and sports,
and countless hours for projects that they initiate,
a tree house they draw plans for,
but most of all it takes a steady voice tinged with laughter,
that takes the gloom out of a bad test grade,
or stays in your corner no matter the odds.

If you’ve met all the criteria, you are a great dad,
and a good man the best model a kid can have.

7 thoughts on “A Father’s Day Tribute by Mary Lou Meyers

  1. Looks as though Mary Lou has come up with another beautiful winner. I’ve already sent it to my husband, son and son-in-law.Thanks to both of you for sharing.

  2. Thanks for all your kind words, the poem hit the spot for my sons, I wrote another one for my husband,
    it certainly pays to put the time and energy into spending valuable time with your kids,
    and making sure they’re part of all your plans for them.

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