Sunday, June 18, 2017


In honor of Father's Day in the U.S.
I submit this poem to
Poets United Poetry Pantry #358
June 18, 2017


As we rode through summer breezes
The man of courage and I
He taught me still another lesson
As he had since I was just so high.

For the years had left their burden
And now he walked with a cane
And the body once strong and strapping
Now faltered and gave much pain.

I heard him not once complaining
As we passed fields of grain on our drive
But commenting on God’s bounty and sunshine
Saying, “It’s a good day to be alive”.

When I find I’m feeling sorry
For the problems and troubles I’ve had
I look to my model of courage
With humble gratitude…I love you, Dad.


  1. Beverly, this is so moving. He sounds so wonderful. It's a good day to be alive....i love his gratitude.

  2. Love this... especially that saying:
    "it's a good day to be alive"
    Somehow I feel this contrasted to the song by robbie robertson... it's a good day to die.

  3. Such a moving tribute, Beverly!

  4. A breath of fresh air. Nice tribute.

  5. This brought a lump to my throat. Beautiful thoughts ... tenderly rendered. I love this poem!

  6. What a wonderful lesson he taught you. Good to remember his wisdom and his way of living on Father's Day as well as other times of the year. Beautiful thoughts.

  7. Beautiful! He would be (is) so proud of you.

  8. Amazing tribute.

  9. This really is a beautiful tribute to your father and such a great read.

  10. A deeply moving tribute to the special man in our life on this special day.

  11. Beautiful tribute on Father's Day. Thank you,


  12. My father is still very young, and lucky enough to suffer less body pain than I do. But your pain brought to mind my grandmother, a woman who grew what she ate and took care of her own lands and animals. She was so strong, a giant to my eyes... the reason for most of the thanks I've offered to the universe. Thanks for bringing her smile and strength to my memory.

  13. A wonderful tribute to your father. Unfortunately, not everyone has/had such a father.

  14. Beautifully written – and I very much relate, having had a father whose leg pained him most of his life following an accident. Like yours, he was uncomplaining and a lover of life.

  15. A touching poem...very inspiring