Ode to my daughter

by Larry Chamberlin   Aug 1, 2016

You became my own child
though birthed from another man
ever and always loved by me.

Even when you went
to his house to live
I committed my devotion
knowing you'd return one day.

When you are overwhelmed
it is my neck your arms enwrap
and my shoulder you cry upon.

I loved your young man;
he asked me for your hand
I charged him to treat you
like the princess you are.

When he took you to
a far country and failed you
I traveled across the world
and brought you home.

You do not like authority
you do not like dictation
but you listen, think about it
and you do something about it.

Now in my darkest hour
not even knowing I was
going under I wake up
to find you riding with me
in the ambulance:

this is the most comforting
feeling I've had in my life.
I love you, my child.


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  • 7 years ago

    by Brenda

    Larry, this is just beautiful! Darn you, you got me crying! This brings so many memories flooding back. My own dad died when I was 7, my mom remarried when I was 13. He was such a good man. He always treated us as his own, even though he had kids of his own. He passed away when I was 34. I've always said I was blessed enough to have 2 dad's in my lifetime when a lot of kids don't even have one. My husband now has always treated my daughters as his own. They know the love of a good man just as your daughter has with you. This was such a touching beautiful love letter to your daughter. She's truly blessed to have you in her life. Wonderfully done Larry!

  • 7 years ago

    by Milly Hayward

    I voted earlier and have only just had a chance to place a comment. Being a great Dad isn't an automatic thing. I know lots of Dads that haven't been there for their kids. I was lucky because the man that I call Dad has proven to be the best Dad that anyone could have ever wanted. quietly there always going the extra mile to show how much he cares about us. He is so much the centre of our family that we just wouldn't be a family without him. Your poem could have been written for my Dad. A wonderful poem. Absolutely loved it. Milly xx

  • 7 years ago

    by Maple Tree

    Teary, made me teary. Just lovely

  • 7 years ago

    by Robert Gardiner

    Wonderful Poem Larry!!!

  • 7 years ago

    by Mr. Darcy


    well done, this is an ode if ever I have read one.

    Take good care,

    Michael ((hugs))

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