My Bright and Guiding Star

by Melissa Arel

I may not be the perfect daughter that you hoped for me to be
And I may not always agree with everything you’ve said to me
But now that I’ve grown older and am a parent just like you
I find myself realizing, Dad, the words you spoke are true -

That life is not about appearances, fortune, fame or things
Its about family, God, loyalty, love and all it brings
So when people tell me that my father is such a wonderful man
My heart swells with pride because now I understand:

The sacrifices you made for us; your hopes and dreams deferred
The pain you felt when trials and tribulations had occurred
Watching your children suffer knowing there’s nothing you can do
Now I see all of the heartache we, your children, put you through

I’m very blessed to be your offspring, yes - an arrow from your quiver
You taught me to love what’s right and to be a cheerful giver
You showed me what hard work is from the callouses on your hands
You prayed with me, listened, and revealed to me God’s plan

So I just wanted to thank you for being exactly who you are
My daddy, my friend, my mentor, my bright and guiding star
You have a special place in my heart where love grows more and more
You will always be my father, a man that I adore!


Author's Note: For my dad on Father's day..

P.S. I read this poem to him in front of church and he cried! He really loved it :)

Posted on 06/17/2007
Copyright © 2020 Melissa Arel

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charles E Minshall on 06/17/07 at 03:45 AM

A wonderful gift for your Dad Mel....Charlie

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 06/19/07 at 01:10 AM

Ohhhh....*crying* this is wonderful.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 06/24/07 at 12:46 PM

A very tender and lovely tribute to your father. Much better to share it with him while he is alive! Suggesting this as POTD.

Posted by Angela Nuzzo on 06/26/07 at 07:08 AM

Melissa, this is beautiful! I feel the same way about my dad, even though he was gone so young. You & your father are blessed to have each other. Remind him often! :) Great poem!

Posted by Carolyn Coville on 07/01/07 at 04:31 AM

ohh i would have cried too! how lucky you both are to have each other :)

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