Daddy

DADDY

By Rich Reith

When he first cradled her in his arms,
he began to comprehend
heaven.

As he watched her grow
from tomboy to young lady,
he began to fathom
the heart of a woman.

As he held her in his arms
and dried her tears,
he began to understand
his own strength.

As he watched her grow
his heart slowly learned
a father’s pride.

As he left her off at college,
her start on the road to independence,
he began to understand
emptiness.

And after it all
he finally understood
the meaning of “Daddy.”

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