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When I was  a toddler Father was brilliant

Taught me many things and with the wonder

But as I got older and the passing

Father grew slower until fifteen when..........

He eventually became a dullard

Told me my friends would bring me down

Punished me and locked my mind away

But no locks could hold me and my genius

The years passed until I reached twenty one

I realized that he must have studied while I was sleeping

I received the key  when I  was twenty five

And looked at those blue eyes which  held me

They studied everything I did and loving

Longing to be free I watched the first steps


Studying into the night and prayer

Letting go and giving him my key

I was born for this with my love

Tried with his little hands to turn the lock but the key


I filed till his key fit snug

My prayer was blessed and I thanked


Copyright © Patrick Cornwall

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  1. Date: 2/14/2013 9:09:00 PM
    Fathers play a very important rule in a child's life and although we may not understand them when we are young we really grow to appreciate them when we get older. I like this poem.

  1. Date: 8/8/2012 9:27:00 PM
    I love this poem about FATHER Patrick.... nice Verse.... interwoven story of youth.... Louis Drago

  1. Date: 7/16/2012 8:43:00 PM
    this is a lovely poem on your progression in youth, Patrick.

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 9:00:00 AM
    Beautiful, Patrick.

  1. Date: 6/29/2012 9:15:00 AM
    very excellnt poetry, I invite you to read "Fairytale Prison" from '2008, I reposted it today :) has many of the key words you display. I believe there are reasons for everything in life~ God Bless, Much love, Cindy