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A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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The Stellar Dad: A Poem in Honor of Father’s Day
By Bhaktimarga Swami   |  Jun 17, 2023

Photo by Juan Pablo Serrano Arenas

Papa, Pita, Pere, Padre, Vater –
Names that address the one we know as Father
The person who’s the most kind to your Mother
Since childhood, he is your hero like no other

The one to run to with his strong open arms
Hoisting you to greater heights when released from his palms
He offers you that fun bumpy horsey ride
And insists you take to the swing and the slide

To mount the tricycle, dribble the ball, strike with the bat
He listens to your woes over a good-hearted chat
When toys are needed, he becomes the supplier
He works hard to be that able provider

He welcomes you to the wild, both harsh and tender
Exploring an exhilarating and raw adventure
A teacher, a guide, a coach, and cheerleader
When things go bitter, his advice makes them sweeter

Through challenges, he pushes to the very edge
Like a young bird’s growth when it’s about to fledge
A person of heart, a person of muscle
Making that difference with every little rustle

Those facial whiskers – something to notice
Are a symbol of greatness, a special bonus
He’s a rooster, a bull, a buck, a drake
He’ll be the first to save you when life is at stake

A maker, a fixer, a breaker, all in one
After that first round, it’s a cycle until he’s done
Dad will grow old and pass after all the care
Remember him as if he’s sitting in his favourite chair

From being the seed giver to the dispenser of love
His dadication earns him many blessings from above.

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