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“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature” Antoine François Prévost

Motivation 2020: On Father's Day

Motivation 2020: On Father’s Day

I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more. Gordon Brown
I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad,” Kobe Bryant
I love being a dad. Fatherhood is the best thing that could happen to me, and I’m just glad I can share my voice. Dwyane Wade
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom. Umberto Eco
One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man. Ben Okri

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY: In the USA, Father’s Day falls on June 21 in 2020. This year, with the global pandemic as a looming backdrop to everything we do, we will celebrate Father’s Day with gratitude and gusto. If there is anything that makes valuing our lives and relationships as precious and perhaps ephemeral, this season of great global change is one to remember. Even though my Dad is no longer alive, I have brothers, uncles, inlaws, and friends that I cherish and so that special day would be an opportunity to honor them and all they do. Throughout this post, I’ve shared poems that get to the heart of the matter of what being a father means to so many of us. Yet, I would be remiss if I ignore the fact that some relationships haven’t always been the greatest and that some children have sad and painful memories of their fathers. It is my wish and prayer that, if you belong to that group of kids who felt betrayed by your father, you will find peace, love, and comfort on the road to healing yourself. Don’t despair. The upside is that we can choose partners and/or become better examples of parenting for our loved ones. It is never too late to heal the wounds and betrayals of childhood. How are you planning to celebrate Father’s Day?
READ:- Motivation Mondays: For Our Fathers #fathersday 2019
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Happy Father’s Day: Love to all #DadsDay! 2016
Motivation Mondays: Father’s Day Matters 2017
Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day 2 2015
46 Best Father-Daughter Gifts That Dad Will Treasure

 

Only a Dad BY Edgar Albert Guest
Only a dad, with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame,
To show how well he has played the game,
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come, and to hear his voice.

Only a dad, with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more.
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.

Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent, whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.

Only a dad, but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen,
Only a dad, but the best of men. via poetryfoundation

 

The Gift BY Li-Young Lee
To pull the metal splinter from my palm
my father recited a story in a low voice.
I watched his lovely face and not the blade.
Before the story ended, he’d removed
the iron sliver I thought I’d die from.

I can’t remember the tale,
but hear his voice still, a well
of dark water, a prayer.
And I recall his hands,
two measures of tenderness
he laid against my face,
the flames of discipline
he raised above my head.

Had you entered that afternoon
you would have thought you saw a man
planting something in a boy’s palm,
a silver tear, a tiny flame.
Had you followed that boy
you would have arrived here,
where I bend over my wife’s right hand.

Look how I shave her thumbnail down
so carefully she feels no pain.
Watch as I lift the splinter out.
I was seven when my father
took my hand like this,
and I did not hold that shard
between my fingers and think,
Metal that will bury me,
christen it Little Assassin,
Ore Going Deep for My Heart.
And I did not lift up my wound and cry,
Death visited here!
I did what a child does
when he’s given something to keep.
I kissed my father. via poetryfoundation

 

Those Winter Sundays BY Robert Hayden
Sundays too my father got up early
and put his clothes on in the blue-black cold,
then with cracked hands that ached
from labor in the weekday weather made
banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.
When the rooms were warm, he’d call,
and slowly I would rise and dress,
fearing the chronic angers of that house,

Speaking indifferently to him,
who had driven out the cold
and polished my good shoes as well.
What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices? via poetryfoundation

 

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'” Michael Jordan

Motivation 2020: On Father's Day

Motivation 2020: On Father’s Day

Motivation 2020: On Father's Day

Motivation 2020: On Father’s Day

I feel that the greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are. Will Smith
It’s the one thing I’ve always wanted to be. Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn. Matthew McConaughey
He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector. Tom Wolfe
I love being a dad; it’s one of the joys of life. In fact, you can take it all away from me tomorrow, but don’t take away my children. Idris Elba
You gotta be really deliberate with how you choose to spend your day because those are the moments you’re away from your child. Mahershala Ali

Power Of Fatherly Stories: Stories are a great way to document family history and share wisdom words. I grew up listening to great storytellers who were quite adept at weaving a tale in and out for days. We would gather around a small bonfire in the family Obi (meeting room), after dinner, and listen to our elders tell stories of ancestral battles, ancient feats, and invented stories that were pithy with lessons. My memory of those special days remains with me even as I write this post. Stories educate, fortify, and warn us of the perils that could be our lot if we do not step with care and consideration on this planet. Sometimes, I wonder if the art of the griots is lost on our youth … I hope not. Enjoy the story and poems below.

READ:- Inspiration: Happy Father’s Day… 2012
Remembrance: Happy Father’s Day 2014
Happy Father’s Day & International Yoga Day: 20 Things That Matter 2015
Food Files: Father’s Day Gift Ideas
26 Best Father’s Day Songs to Play With Dad

 

A Story – Advice A Dad Would Give
Soyen Shaku, the first Zen teacher to come to America, said: “My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.” He made the following rules which he practiced every day of his life.
In the morning before dressing, light incense and meditate.
Retire at a regular hour. Partake of food at regular intervals.
Eat with moderation and never to the point of satisfaction.
Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone.
When alone, maintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests.
Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.
When an opportunity comes do not let it pass you by, yet always think twice before acting.
Do not regret the past. Look to the future.
Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.
Upon retiring, sleep as if you had entered your last sleep.
Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes.
Source: Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

 

Spree BY Maxine Kumin
My father paces the upstairs hall
a large confined animal
neither wild nor yet domesticated.
About him hangs the smell of righteous wrath.
My mother is meekly seated
at the escritoire. Rosy from my bath
age eight-nine-ten by now I understand
his right to roar, hers to defy
the bill from Wanamaker’s in his hand
the bill from Strawbridge’s held high
the bill from Bonwit Teller
and the all plum-colored Blum Store.

His anger smells like dinner parties
like trays of frothy daiquiris.
Against the pre-World-War-Two prime
standing ribs his carving knife
flashes a little drunkenly. He charms
all the other Bonwit-bedecked wives
but something overripe malingers.
I wear his wide cigar bands on my fingers.

Oh God it is so noisy!
Under my bed a secret stair
a gold and purple escalator
takes me nightly down under the sea.
Such dancings, such carryings on
with the prince of this-or-that
with the duke of ne’er-do-well
I the plain one, a size too large to tell
grow tremulous at stickpin and cravat
I in toe shoes and tutu suddenly
see shopping is an art form
a kind of costume ball.

Papá, would we so humbly come
to the scene in the upstairs hall
on the first of every month, except
you chose the mice for footmen, clapped
to call up the coach and four?
You sent to Paris for the ermine muff
that says I’m rich. To think twelve poor
little things had their heads chopped off
to keep my hands unseemly warm!
When you went fishing down the well
for fox furs, hats with peacock plumes
velvet evening capes, what else befell?
You paid the bills, Papá. You cast the spell. via poetryfoundation

 

To Her Father with Some Verses BY Anne Bradstreet
Most truly honoured, and as truly dear,
If worth in me or ought I do appear,
Who can of right better demand the same
Than may your worthy self from whom it came?
The principal might yield a greater sum,
Yet handled ill, amounts but to this crumb;
My stock’s so small I know not how to pay,
My bond remains in force unto this day;
Yet for part payment take this simple mite,
Where nothing’s to be had, kings loose their right.
Such is my debt I may not say forgive,
But as I can, I’ll pay it while I live;
Such is my bond, none can discharge but I,
Yet paying is not paid until I die. via poetryfoundation

 

 

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“Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.” Victor Hugo

Motivation 2020: On Father's Day

Motivation 2020: On Father’s Day

 

Motivation 2020: On Father's Day #FathersDay

Motivation 2020: On Father’s Day #FathersDay

We looked up to our father. He still is much greater than us. Wynton Marsalis
My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life. Lee Iacocca
Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right. Wade Boggs
Mothers play an important role as the heart of the home, but this in no way lessens the equally important role fathers should play, as head of the home, in nurturing, training, and loving their children. Ezra Taft Benson
Lookin’ back all I can say about all the things he did for me, is I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be. Brad Paisley

Father’s Day Matters: On this and every Father’s Day, the love we have for our dads, granddads, brothers, husbands, and sons will be celebrated. My dad was the rock of our household and held a special place in my heart. Like other dads, he wanted the best for his kids and gave us his best. Each year, I offer an invocation in which I name the men in my family and other male figures. I offer it again this year as its message still rings true: I send Happy Father’s Day wishes to all who have shared sacred space and stories with their kin.
♥I pay homage to Ochiagha, my beloved late father whose blessings, love, and generous spirit continue to flow even in his absence.
♥I send warm heartfelt thanks to Rich, loving dad to A and A; an all-around good and loving soul.
♥I send loving shout-outs to Dike, Ikem, Nonso, Richard Ik, and Princewill, my brothers and loving fathers too.
♥I send kudos to Uncle Tony, Chuks, our global leaders, and all the strong, striving dads out there in the world.

READ:- Amidst the Deluge: Abundant Love for Father’s Day 2009
On Father’s Day: The Gift of Wisdom 2010
On Father’s Day: Memories of Love Lost & Found… 2011
Motivation Mondays: Honoring Father’s Day 2018

 

The Hospital Window BY James L. Dickey
I have just come down from my father.
Higher and higher he lies
Above me in a blue light Shed by a tinted window.
I drop through six white floors
And then step out onto pavement.
Still feeling my father ascend,
I start to cross the firm street,
My shoulder blades shining with all
The glass the huge building can raise.
Now I must turn round and face it,
And know his one pane from the others.
Each window possesses the sun
As though it burned there on a wick.
I wave, like a man catching fire.
All the deep-dyed windowpanes flash,
And, behind them, all the white rooms
They turn to the color of Heaven.
Ceremoniously, gravely, and weakly,
Dozens of pale hands are waving
Back, from inside their flames.
Yet one pure pane among these
Is the bright, erased blankness of nothing.
I know that my father is there,
In the shape of his death still living.
The traffic increases around me
Like a madness called down on my head.
The horns blast at me like shotguns,
And drivers lean out, driven crazy—But now my propped-up father
Lifts his arm out of stillness at last.
The light from the window strikes me
And I turn as blue as a soul,
As the moment when I was born.
I am not afraid for my father—Look!
He is grinning; he is not
Afraid for my life, either,
As the wild engines stand at my knees
Shredding their gears and roaring,
And I hold each car in its place
For miles, inciting its horn
To blow down the walls of the world
That the dying may float without fear
In the bold blue gaze of my father.
Slowly I move to the sidewalk
With my pin-tingling hand half dead
At the end of my bloodless arm.
I carry it off in amazement,
High, still higher, still waving,
My recognized face fully mortal,
Yet not; not at all, in the pale,
Drained, otherworldly, stricken,
Created hue of stained glass.
I have just come down from my father. via poetryfoundation

 

For a Father BY Elise Partridge
Remember after work you grabbed our skateboard,
crouched like a surfer, wingtips over the edge;
wheels clacketing down the pocked macadam,
you veered almost straight into the neighbor’s hedge?
We ran after you laughing, shouting, Wait!

Or that August night you swept us to the fair?
The tallest person boarding the Ferris wheel,
you rocked our car right when we hit the apex
above the winking midway, to make us squeal.
Next, we raced you to the games, shouting, Wait!

At your funeral, relatives, and neighbors,
shaking our hands, said, “So young to have died!”
But we’ve dreamt you’re just skating streets away,
striding the fairgrounds toward a wilder ride.
And we’re still straggling behind, shouting, Wait—! via poetryfoundation

 

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184 Comments leave one →
  1. Renee permalink
    17/06/2020 3:29 am

    Beautiful post. I am going to share this with my dad his year

  2. Jessica Collazo permalink
    17/06/2020 5:42 am

    This is a very detailed Father’s Day post I love all this poetry and dedication to Father’s Day

  3. Colleen permalink
    17/06/2020 5:54 am

    Father’s Day is such an important holiday for me. My dad has always been my rock on all kinds of levels. He’s always been there for me.

  4. Stephanie permalink
    17/06/2020 5:55 am

    I won’t be with my dad on Father’s Day but will see him a few days later. We will celebrate my husband and his dad with a grill out at their pool. It’s not much different than we do every weekend, but it’s what they enjoy.

  5. Bill permalink
    17/06/2020 6:03 am

    I love everything about this post. The history behind the day, the poems, the story – they’re all a great way to pay tribute to dads on this special day.

  6. Cristina Petrini permalink
    17/06/2020 8:33 am

    I was thrilled with this post because in words I made a journey in my bond with my dad and in the dormant emotions …

  7. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    17/06/2020 9:54 am

    I adore all the father figures in my life and forever will. They are the absolute best I know and I couldn’t be more proud of all of them! 🙂

  8. tingandthings.com permalink
    17/06/2020 11:41 am

    Dad are often in the background while moms usually get more attention and appreciation. Let’s not forget all the great dads out there!

  9. ashley permalink
    17/06/2020 1:14 pm

    These are some great words for fathers day. We are staying home and relaxing for fathers day.

  10. ashley permalink
    17/06/2020 1:39 pm

    these are some really nice excerpts for fathers day.

  11. Jackie permalink
    17/06/2020 3:02 pm

    What beautiful poems to honor all dads and father figures out there. They made me tear up!

  12. Marie permalink
    17/06/2020 4:02 pm

    Father’s Day is very difficult for me because I had no relationship with my father and just ended a 29 year old marriage to an abusive husband and father to my kids. So I am happy to hear about others’ much better experiences and celebrate with them. And family friends of course.

  13. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    17/06/2020 4:47 pm

    love that beautiful quote in your pin! just repinned it myself. thanks.

  14. Viano permalink
    17/06/2020 7:09 pm

    These are really nice poems. Fathers play an equally important role in the society but sometimes it goes unrecognized. It’s sad to know that some Fathers aren’t there not because they don’t want to but because they can’t. Nice post.

  15. Sara | mshealthesteem.com permalink
    17/06/2020 7:12 pm

    Such a beautiful collection of wonderful thoughts, quotes and poetry about fathers. Thank you! I love my dad so much and I’m so excited to see him this weekend. ♡ Thank goodness for good dads 🙂

  16. Emily permalink
    17/06/2020 8:53 pm

    This is a really beautiful post, I’m going to bookmark it and save it for September which is when Father’s Day is in Australia

  17. Polly Amora permalink
    17/06/2020 8:58 pm

    Edgar Albert Guest’s Only a Dad is a beautiful poem. My brothers and I have all moved back to our parents’ home during the quarantine and it made me realize how I miss my dad (and mom). We shouldn’t let our busy lives get in the way of spending time with our parents.

  18. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    17/06/2020 11:02 pm

    Oh I love the poems here. They are so touching

  19. Jordan permalink
    18/06/2020 12:06 am

    All excellent Father’s Day inspiration. I love that you had an Obi with a bonfire. What great memories!

  20. tweenselmom permalink
    18/06/2020 3:03 am

    I find this article really motivating, and it brings out the excitement for Father’s Day! Thank you for sharing these with us <3

  21. maximdsouza87 permalink
    18/06/2020 3:58 am

    Fathers have been a motivation for many. Looking forward to Fathers day to tell dad about it.

  22. Monidipa permalink
    18/06/2020 5:00 am

    The Father’s Day is important to to me because It is a day which celebrates the fatherhood, paternal bonds and the efforts of male parents towards their family and society. As usual I love your poem in here..

  23. World In Eyes permalink
    18/06/2020 5:19 am

    This blog post is really very amazing…Loved these poems they are indeed very meaningful and deep..Loved the idea of the post..Thanks for sharing..Great work…

  24. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    18/06/2020 6:26 am

    Hhaaaaa….I so much look forward to this year’s Fathers’ Day because I am a brand-new father and it’s my first time anyhow.

  25. chad permalink
    18/06/2020 6:43 am

    This is so beautiful!!! I grew up closer to my mom, my dad was always busy providing for the family, he is such a wonderful person. Happy Father’s day.

  26. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    18/06/2020 8:09 am

    The poems are lovely, I may share them with my dad and brother on Sunday. Thanks friend.

  27. joanna permalink
    18/06/2020 8:30 am

    In my country we don’t celebrate father’s day. If I were to think of a father figure who had a big impact in my life, that would be my grandfather. Even if he died when I was 11 years old, I will always remember what an amazing person he was and how much care and love he had for me.

  28. Neely permalink
    18/06/2020 9:34 am

    So many great things to read. I enjoyed spree it’s very beautifully written.

  29. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    18/06/2020 11:11 am

    Wonderful post and amazing poems as well. It kinda makes me miss my own dad sometimes.

  30. Ronnie E. permalink
    18/06/2020 11:23 am

    Happy father’s day to all the wonderful and worthy father’s out there! Thanks for your words of inspiration honoring them as well.

  31. Rosey permalink
    18/06/2020 12:24 pm

    I have already gifted my two oldest boys their presents for Father’s Day, and we did it long distance. They live in a hot spot for the coronavirus with cases still rising and we do too, so we’re still playing it safe. Happy Father’s Day to the dads!!

  32. Papa Jack permalink
    18/06/2020 12:47 pm

    Yes we can still celebrate simple Fathers day with gusto with your family and friends. Another way is by setting up a zoom conference if you prefer.

  33. emman damian permalink
    18/06/2020 3:10 pm

    My father has been my inspiration. He was tough and ruthless but he made me stronger as to what I am today. I honor him everyday.

  34. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    18/06/2020 4:27 pm

    Father’s day is how we spend it, what share with our loved ones to make the memories we’ll cherish forever.

  35. Kenny Ngo permalink
    18/06/2020 9:28 pm

    First time to celebrate it happily coz my partner is worthy of being celebrated.

  36. knycx permalink
    18/06/2020 11:14 pm

    a lot of great sharing and I am touched. I think there are not as many people celebrate this special day and somehow I see more and more father’s day post this month. Thanks a lot for bringing this up and have a great celebration! – Knycx Journeying

  37. mischievouswordsbymartaazra permalink
    19/06/2020 12:29 am

    This is such an beautifully written post. Happy fathers day to all dads

  38. Kgalalelo permalink
    19/06/2020 1:40 am

    Beautiful poems.thanks for sharing

  39. aisasami permalink
    19/06/2020 2:20 am

    Happy Father’s Day to you too. Even though I am far apart from my father, I get to call my dad. I am worried about him as he just got you know what (starts with the C). He says he is ok but I do worry about him from the other side of the planet.

  40. solrazo.com permalink
    19/06/2020 2:36 am

    Great poems collection! Fathers are heroes and we must really show appreciation to them !

  41. mariah krystal permalink
    19/06/2020 4:54 am

    Father’s Day is fastly approaching. I never celebrated until my husband become a dad and now it’s so important! Love these poems, I’m going to have to print one out and give it to my father-in-law

  42. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com permalink
    19/06/2020 4:59 am

    This is such a beautiful post! I love the poems you shared here. I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with my Dad last weekend!

  43. Nikhila permalink
    19/06/2020 5:07 am

    Wow. “Only a dad” is so heart touching. This is so good.

  44. Cristina Petrini permalink
    19/06/2020 5:11 am

    I already read a beautiful blog post you made about it and I must say that you can always get excited.

  45. mypathtotravel03dc5fb406 permalink
    19/06/2020 6:42 am

    Another interesting and very informative post. I love the Will Smith quote, I feel that the greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are. Thanks for sharing.

  46. Brooke r permalink
    19/06/2020 7:53 am

    On this Father’s Day I’m so thankful for my father, father in law, and my husband for being an amazing father to our kids!

  47. AutumninAtlanta permalink
    19/06/2020 10:35 am

    Another lovely post. Father’s Day to me is a lovely ideal. I didn’t have a positive figure in my life. However, I am thankful that my kids have a wonderful father and I have an amazing husband.

  48. Fatima Torres permalink
    19/06/2020 1:00 pm

    This year has been tough to celebrate events without family and friends. I will say that it’s helped us grow closer.

  49. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    19/06/2020 5:56 pm

    brad paisley! i think that’s a song lyric, no? thanks for another great post.

  50. thismomisgoingplaces permalink
    19/06/2020 6:19 pm

    I love this! My dad who is in heaven was such a special man. This made me think about him more than ever.

  51. gloriousheights permalink
    19/06/2020 7:02 pm

    A beautiful read I honours of Father’s Day.. Dads are a big blessing that help us all the way in our life. I’m so grateful to have my father.

  52. Sophia John permalink
    19/06/2020 7:13 pm

    Wow.. Thank you for the poems. Great inspiration And love you my dad

  53. Melanie Hamilton permalink
    19/06/2020 7:32 pm

    Wow I think Hospital Window is my favorite of these. Thanks so much for sharing. hope you enjoy Fathers Day!

  54. Shannon Gurnee permalink
    19/06/2020 8:09 pm

    I love the idea of Motivation Monday. Hope you have a great Father’s Day weekend!

  55. Jordan permalink
    20/06/2020 1:56 am

    Awe, happy dad’s day this weekend to all the dads out there! Mine is clear across the country, sadly, but he’s my hero!

  56. Explore with Jeph permalink
    20/06/2020 2:40 am

    Happy Father’s day to all the hardworking Dads out there!

  57. sumit permalink
    20/06/2020 3:04 am

    hi
    when i was growing up never realised the significance of these days , in fact no one used to tell us also about these things .. glad today articles and bloggers like u ensure that THE DAD gets his due

  58. Michele permalink
    20/06/2020 11:06 am

    Such a great post. My father is no longer alive, but I celebrate him in my heart. I do things for my fiance from his daughter.

  59. amayszingblogs permalink
    20/06/2020 4:02 pm

    Father is my superhero Nothing makes me feel stronger than knowing that I have a dad who always got my back HAPPY FATHERS DAY.

  60. Angela Ricardo Bethea permalink
    20/06/2020 10:57 pm

    Those are all wonderful poems and Happy Father’s day to all fathers.

  61. TWUSS permalink
    20/06/2020 11:58 pm

    I miss having my dad around now!

  62. Natalie permalink
    21/06/2020 2:04 am

    Lovely poems. Thanks for sharing. We plan to make BBQ and just relax in our backyard.

  63. WorldInEyes permalink
    21/06/2020 2:07 am

    Happy Father’s day..well these poems are indeed very deep and meaningful..loved these..Thanks for sharing…Great work…

  64. Renata permalink
    21/06/2020 7:35 am

    This is a nice collage of beautiful quotes and wonderful pictures to celebrate this – difficult – year’s father’s day. Very well done!

  65. tcleland88 permalink
    21/06/2020 11:41 am

    What a great collection of poems for Father’s Day! Dads are often underappreciated, so it’s important that we take time to celebrate all that they do for us.

  66. milaroko permalink
    21/06/2020 4:45 pm

    Even cops are like out dads. Most of them protects us. Happy Father’s Day!

  67. Cristina Petrini permalink
    21/06/2020 9:34 pm

    A continuous motivation and inspiration linked to one of the most beautiful days of the year, such as Mother’s Day. To pay homage to those who gave us life.

  68. Alyssa permalink
    21/06/2020 9:56 pm

    I may not have a good relationship with my father but I’m blessed to have grandfathers who bot care and love me equally. Kudos to all the great fathers out there!

  69. Cook Appetite permalink
    21/06/2020 10:12 pm

    Happy Father’s day to all the amazing fathers

  70. tweenselmom permalink
    22/06/2020 12:13 am

    I love how you gave emphasis on the fact that fathers are really a gift from God, thanks for this interesting article!

  71. Krysten (@WeirdGirlBlog) permalink
    22/06/2020 1:46 am

    We had a great Father’s Day yesterday at my place, lots of yummy food, pool time, and celebrating my dad and my brother.

  72. Steven permalink
    22/06/2020 3:03 am

    Oh really nice poems and a nice homage to fathers all around the world. I am one of them so thank you

  73. WorldInEyes permalink
    22/06/2020 3:42 am

    Happy Father’s day…These poems are really very motivating and much interesting too…With never a whimper of pain or hate for the sake of those who at home await..so true..loves these…Great work…

  74. Makayla Casey permalink
    22/06/2020 4:24 am

    A great read for Father’s Day!

  75. Allie permalink
    22/06/2020 4:42 am

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful poems…perfect for the celebration of Father’s Day.

  76. Mary Osadolor permalink
    22/06/2020 5:05 am

    To all the amazing fathers out there, a big kudos to them. They don’t get praised often enough in my opinion.

  77. Kenny Ngo permalink
    22/06/2020 5:57 am

    I’ve never had a good reason to celebrate this until this year when I found someone who is actually a great father to my sons. Finally, there’s a reason for me to honor this day.

  78. Britt | Not Your Mom's Gifts permalink
    22/06/2020 6:46 am

    I love these poems so much! Thanks for sharing, I hope you had a great Father’s Day weekend 🙂

  79. The JOYOUS Living | Influencer (@thejoyousliving) permalink
    22/06/2020 11:25 am

    i love that Victor Hugo quote. good choice to add to your post.

  80. momelite2 permalink
    22/06/2020 1:25 pm

    I hope everyone had a wonderful father’s day. I’m so thankful I got to talk to my dad yesterday.

  81. Louise Smith permalink
    22/06/2020 1:31 pm

    Beautiful words. I hope all the dad’s in the world had a brilliant Father’s Day 🙂

    Louise x

  82. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    22/06/2020 1:58 pm

    Father’s Day is always hard for me. This was lovely, thank you so much for this!

  83. rachel permalink
    22/06/2020 4:12 pm

    I love all of these sentiments on fathers day! Sums it up much better than I could.

  84. advent14 permalink
    22/06/2020 6:21 pm

    Great Father’s day quotes! I’ll have to share these with my dad

  85. ayishiatravels permalink
    22/06/2020 6:37 pm

    Will Smith is such an incredible father! and truly lives what he teaches. Really great poems listed as well.

  86. jamozax permalink
    22/06/2020 7:34 pm

    I’ve always yearned to be a father for years now and this articles has given me even more reasons to want to be a father. I love what Kobe Bryant said about being a girl dad. I would love to be that too.

  87. mypathtotravel03dc5fb406 permalink
    22/06/2020 8:17 pm

    Those Winter Sundays, what a lovely, touching poem.

  88. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    22/06/2020 9:21 pm

    Aaaahhhhh…I loved and enjoyed Albert’s poem. Very precise, simple but doting at the same time. Happy Fathers’ Day.

  89. Kiwi permalink
    22/06/2020 10:23 pm

    This is a beautiful fathers day post. They deserve a lot of praise the good ones!

  90. knycx permalink
    22/06/2020 11:24 pm

    I feel the positive energy on the motivations and thanks a lot for sharing them on this meaningful day!
    I think it gives all of us good energy to move on ~ – Knycx Journeying

  91. Ivana Mearns permalink
    22/06/2020 11:47 pm

    Fathers are very special. I really loved reading all the poems you have shared, they are all amazing.

  92. sumit permalink
    23/06/2020 3:14 am

    hi ‘the pandemic has bought to a lot of us the fact that we need to value the elders whom we have in the family and that we need to make them know that they are important to us. this article of yours conveys the same feeling so aptly

  93. Olivia Robins permalink
    23/06/2020 4:18 am

    as we are in mids of pandemic , we spent fathers day at home , mainly watching movies and playing board games – kind regards Pati Robins at style squeeze blog

  94. katrina Kroeplin permalink
    23/06/2020 5:35 am

    i love the poems. dads teach us a lot, good and bad.

  95. ninalehan21 permalink
    23/06/2020 12:47 pm

    i love that quote, anyone can be a father but it is so special to be referred to as a dad.

  96. Romy permalink
    23/06/2020 8:03 pm

    I feel so lucky to have an amazing father! Sadly we couldn’t be together this Father’s Day cause of the pandemic

  97. blair villanueva permalink
    23/06/2020 9:16 pm

    Father’s Day is always special, and I am happy that I got good relationship with my Dad that I now treasured most.

  98. Lavern Moore permalink
    24/06/2020 2:02 am

    Father’s Day like Mother’s Day is an interesting holiday. It’s good to know the origins!

  99. Eric Gamble permalink
    24/06/2020 11:27 am

    These are great poems, quotes and other bits of Father’s Day motivation. I particularly like the “Only a Dad BY Edgar Albert Guest” poem cause in reality, he (dad) is far more than Only a Dad. Love how you found all those quotes for Will Smith & others about how they approach fatherhood as well

  100. Kenneth Puracan permalink
    24/06/2020 2:42 pm

    Belated happy fathers day!!!! We are all heroes in cape in our own ways

  101. caressaworthy permalink
    24/06/2020 3:49 pm

    My father and I have a strained relationship but I am hoping we can get ours back on track . Thank you for providing positive representations of fathers.

  102. ansh997x permalink
    24/06/2020 3:59 pm

    Love this playlist. I will be checking them on spotify soon.

  103. Sarah Emery permalink
    24/06/2020 7:29 pm

    I hope every Dad had a fantastic Father’s day!

  104. Kimberly Caines permalink
    25/06/2020 1:54 am

    That is really a great poem for this father’s day. We need to show them how much we love them and cherish them.

  105. Renata Feyen permalink
    25/06/2020 2:16 am

    My dad was a girl dad too and had the luck of having 3 girl and no boys 🙂

  106. wanderpurposely permalink
    25/06/2020 2:41 am

    Fathers day is always one of my favorite days to spend with family.

  107. Angela Cardamone @marathonsandmotivation.com permalink
    25/06/2020 4:07 am

    This is beautiful! I love the poem For a Father that you shared. I miss spending more time with my Dad.

  108. Bhuvaneswari Hari permalink
    25/06/2020 4:52 am

    So motivational.These are great motivational collection.Thanks for posting.

  109. ebonynrobinson permalink
    25/06/2020 5:53 am

    So many beautiful pieces in honor of Fathers Day! Thank you so much for sharing these gems!

  110. sumit permalink
    25/06/2020 6:50 am

    Soyen Shaku,,and this thoughts is what we need to practise

  111. Brianne permalink
    25/06/2020 11:14 am

    These poems give me all the feels. I love my dad so much. He’s been such a rock for me over the years.

  112. tcleland88 permalink
    25/06/2020 1:59 pm

    What a great selection of poems to honor our dads. Loved these!

  113. cherryrlacsina permalink
    25/06/2020 2:20 pm

    Father’s Day is a bit bittersweet for me as most of my father figures have passed away but I appreciate the fathers that are still currently in my life.

  114. Ashley K. permalink
    25/06/2020 2:44 pm

    I recently moved from Ohio to North Carolina, so it was the first Father’s Day where I wasn’t able to take my dad to dinner or spend the day with him. I did give him a call, though. Next time I am back visiting, I will treat him to dinner.

  115. Margaret | Live Like No One Else permalink
    25/06/2020 6:04 pm

    Great post and I love the poems you shared. Thank you. It’s wonderful to honor the special people in our lives. Thanks for this!

  116. Lily Phang permalink
    25/06/2020 8:22 pm

    I love this dedication post to fathers. My father is a great one and I celebrate him often!

  117. Nkem permalink
    25/06/2020 9:35 pm

    These are beautiful words. Thanks for collating these musings on fathers and fatherhood. I know my dad would love the appreciation.

  118. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    25/06/2020 10:29 pm

    I am daddy’s girl totally. my father gave a lot to me, teaching how to work, how to rely on yourself, be myself all the time, encouraged my interests. I loved it when we went to music concerts with him and he danced and jumped as much as I did. Now I enjoy time we spend on a boat together, discussing the whelming and everything

  119. Ntensibe Edgar Michael permalink
    25/06/2020 11:49 pm

    How I wish this was content I got to know of, when I was young!!!

  120. Rose Ann Sales permalink
    25/06/2020 11:51 pm

    Kobe Bryant is so proud of his daughters. I find it so cute. Hehe

  121. The Travel Bug Bite permalink
    26/06/2020 12:10 am

    This is beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. I don’t have a close connection to my father and I wish I did. I may reach out to him after reading this.

  122. Brandy permalink
    26/06/2020 12:46 am

    I wish times were different. Back when people valued family time!

  123. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    26/06/2020 12:47 am

    Fathers day is always a testing time for us…we usually have a family meal but have had to push back to later in the year x

  124. Mudpiefridays permalink
    26/06/2020 3:22 am

    Father’s Day is really a great way to honor and celebrate the dads in our lives. The heroes that do everything for their family.

  125. Amy permalink
    26/06/2020 3:24 am

    Happy Father’s day to all the fathers in the world. They are truly an inspiration to their children

  126. Elicitfolio permalink
    26/06/2020 3:47 am

    Great posts! I love the The Gift BY Li-Young Lee piece. Beautifully written!

  127. Rose y permalink
    26/06/2020 3:48 am

    I may use the Robert Hayden poem in my classroom. There’s a lot of learning there and it’s short enough to keep student attention. Poems are hard for them, but this is a good one.

  128. Joline permalink
    26/06/2020 4:10 am

    My dad is my biggest supporter. But he also makes it clear that if things got too hard, it’s okay to step back and he’ll catch me. I really appreciated that.

  129. WorldInEyes permalink
    26/06/2020 4:48 am

    Wow these poems are so heart touching and deep…Loved these..they are really very amazing and lovely…Thanks for sharing them…Great work…

  130. You, Me and Benny permalink
    26/06/2020 5:36 am

    I LOVE that “only a day” poem! That’s really beautiful!
    I think all dads would appreciate it!

  131. Melanie permalink
    26/06/2020 5:43 am

    Father’s Day is so special! What a nice tribute and stories ❤️

  132. honeybunnytwee permalink
    26/06/2020 5:44 am

    My father is my best friend, hero, and biggest supporter! I just want to live a life that will make him proud. Such a great Father’s Day collection.

  133. Mary Osadolor permalink
    26/06/2020 6:25 am

    This is very motivating, I agree that we sometimes learn from the little pieces of gathered wisdom.

  134. Warp Speed Odyssey permalink
    26/06/2020 6:32 am

    Really nice poems. I like what you did for father’s day.

  135. Bruce Schinkel permalink
    26/06/2020 6:39 am

    Love this theme! I find that often it’s our fathers who get a bit overlooked, but for those of us who have had strong role-models in our fathers, it’s important not to taker that for granted.

  136. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    26/06/2020 10:42 am

    Fathers play a huge role in making us stronger within and pushing us to move forward no matter what.

  137. Alexis permalink
    26/06/2020 1:53 pm

    I love celebrating amazing Father’s! Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement.

  138. Sushmita permalink
    26/06/2020 3:29 pm

    A father is probably my first best friend. I have so vibrant memories with him, even when I was really small! This year, I celebrated first father’s day away from my father. I feel sad that we ain’t traveling any more.

  139. Sam Mitchell permalink
    26/06/2020 8:23 pm

    I love reading all your motivation posts…Thanks for sharind!

  140. tweenselmom permalink
    27/06/2020 12:19 am

    This is really motivating and a nice post for fathers! Thanks for sharing these with us!

  141. Elle Em permalink
    27/06/2020 3:34 am

    My father is no longer alive but my husband’s father is and this quote made me think of him “ I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more,” Gordon Brown.

  142. thebratpackergals permalink
    27/06/2020 7:10 am

    What awesome poems on fatherhood!

  143. Neely permalink
    27/06/2020 9:16 am

    Oh these are all so beautiful! Fathers day is such a special day for our family.

  144. Jasmine Martin (@BlogginandLivin) permalink
    27/06/2020 3:08 pm

    I really enjoyed the poem by Edgar Albert Guest! Father’s Day is a great day for celebrating dads and uplifting them for everything that they’ve done.

  145. Agnes Dela Cruz permalink
    28/06/2020 1:04 am

    Every time I read and hear about tributes to fathers it hits me so hard as I miss my father. I lost him almost two years ago.

  146. Renata Feyen permalink
    28/06/2020 1:52 am

    I had to say goodbye to my dad on the age of 22 – he died of colon cancer at 47

  147. Arris Gawe permalink
    28/06/2020 3:24 am

    This is so lovely and absolutely amazing! And this is worth sharing to everyone!

  148. Fransic verso permalink
    28/06/2020 4:20 am

    Spending time with my father and telling me stories is fun and learning about the past history of his adventure.

  149. Mindspeaks permalink
    28/06/2020 10:55 pm

    Amazing poems that is shouting the fatherly love. Loved it.

  150. Polly Amora permalink
    29/06/2020 12:11 am

    Spree by Maxine Kumin is a beautifully written poem. And fathers are AWESOME people and not only today, but I’m grateful everyday to have mine!

  151. laurentrivison permalink
    29/06/2020 9:32 am

    There is nothing better than fathers day!

  152. Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) permalink
    29/06/2020 4:51 pm

    Fathers are important figures in our lives. They could truly make a difference in our choices and character forming times.

  153. wanderpurposely permalink
    29/06/2020 4:59 pm

    I love the motivation and inspiration. Especially from the quotes. These are extremely powerful for fathers during fathers day

  154. maximdsouza87 permalink
    29/06/2020 8:56 pm

    Like you said pandemic made it difficult for many sons to meet their fathers. Hopefully next year will give us the opportunity.

  155. brandy toenges permalink
    30/06/2020 1:29 am

    I absolutely love reading your posts! They are so inspiring! Keep up the good work!

  156. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    30/06/2020 6:50 am

    I am totally Daddy’s girl, he gave so much I am forever grateful for the help and support he gave me

  157. Kenny Ngo permalink
    30/06/2020 8:55 am

    I just started appreciating this day. I hope that this will only be the first of many.

  158. Kathleen Cregg permalink
    30/06/2020 4:23 pm

    What wonderful poems! My favorite is: A Story – Advice A Dad Would Give. Reminds me of my dad!

  159. tweenselmom permalink
    01/07/2020 3:56 am

    This is really nice and motivational! Glad you shared this with us, thank you!

  160. Cristina Petrini permalink
    01/07/2020 5:33 am

    You are really creating a post better than the other on this topic, full of ideas!

  161. WorldInEyes permalink
    01/07/2020 6:09 am

    Loved these poems and this is really indeed very deep and meaningful..Thanks for sharing really loved these all..I have read most of these before so many of times indeed…

  162. Bill permalink
    01/07/2020 9:06 am

    I love this post. I’ve always looked up to my dad, and I’ve always loved being a dad. This post gave me all the feels on so many levels.

  163. Anne permalink
    01/07/2020 3:53 pm

    I agree, Father’s Day really matters. Especially to those who really deserve it. Tho as often as I can , I’m telling and showing to my husband how good is he being a father to our wee one, we still celebrated Father’s Day at home.

  164. Gervin Khan permalink
    01/07/2020 10:52 pm

    We used to eat out for Father’s Day celebration but due to pandemic we choose to stayed at home and decided to celebrate it via zoom just to see my father and of course my other relatives. My father teaches me a lot about life and given me so much wisdom and now I am also sharing it with my two kids. I love my father so much and I am so grateful to God that he is my father..

  165. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    02/07/2020 12:49 am

    My birthday always falls on or the week after Father’s day so it’s always a double celebration 🙂

  166. Nkem permalink
    02/07/2020 1:26 am

    Thank you for sharing all these words and reminding us how important fathers are.

  167. A Nation of Moms permalink
    02/07/2020 3:06 am

    These are great thoughts on dads. I didn’t grow up with a dad and I am glad that my kids have a dad in their life.

  168. hawkandquill permalink
    02/07/2020 3:33 am

    Fathers are oh so important in the development of children. I celebrated with my hubby, though a fur daddy for now, by treating him to dinner. You include great passages and quotes here!

  169. Di Hickman permalink
    02/07/2020 10:26 am

    Great monthly resource as always! loved this statement “we will celebrate Father’s Day with gratitude and gusto.” yes! We push through!

  170. Rosey permalink
    02/07/2020 3:36 pm

    So much warmth comes across whenever you talk about your father. It is always clear that you are very blessed with the influence, love and care he provided. It is very heartwarming.

  171. Marjie Mare permalink
    02/07/2020 4:21 pm

    Although, I did not know my father, I was blessed to have amazing uncles and brothers in my life. I am going to share these 2 poems: The Gift and For a Father with them.

  172. Fatima Torres permalink
    02/07/2020 5:01 pm

    Father’s Day has always been special for me. I love spending it with my dad and we always make it a good time.

  173. tweenselmom permalink
    02/07/2020 10:08 pm

    This is really motivational! Glad you shared this with us, thank you!

  174. Mary Osadolor permalink
    03/07/2020 11:23 am

    Father’s day truly matters, kudos to all the great dads out there. This is such a brilliant article.

  175. Anshika Juneja permalink
    03/07/2020 9:50 pm

    This is such a beautiful and motivational post on father day. I just loved it

  176. Olufunke Kolapo permalink
    03/07/2020 11:08 pm

    I love this. It is so nice to read poems for Fathers for a change. Happy Father’s day.

  177. littlemisadvencha permalink
    04/07/2020 2:46 am

    kudos to all fathers. not all fathers are the same, but they deserve all the respect in this world. they may not be as expressive as our mothers, but their love for the family is as strong as a column of the house. <3

  178. Franze Garcia permalink
    04/07/2020 5:36 am

    Happy Father’s to all the dads and moms out there who stood as the foundation of their homes. Salutation to all the sacrifices you’ve done to your family to overcome everything and to have a happy, comfortable and beautiful life,

  179. Natalie permalink
    04/07/2020 8:51 am

    Lovely poems for Father’s Day. Thank you so much for sharing them.

  180. RunCanvas permalink
    04/07/2020 11:31 am

    Lots of great poems and quotes. I like the Mathew McConaughey quote

  181. lipstickcafe permalink
    06/07/2020 11:55 am

    Very beautiful poems! In Romania Fathers Day is not celebrated 🙁

  182. Prajakta permalink
    19/07/2020 5:10 am

    Such a beautiful post. I always love reading your posts. The poems are also lovely.

  183. Anne permalink
    03/08/2020 10:42 am

    Inspiring poems. I’m inspired of Michael Jordan’s dad told him “ that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do .‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’”

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