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For My Daddy

your footsteps were crooked and a little off kilter
though I still tried to match your steps
your way of doing things was always a bit different
(detrimental to impressionable souls)

maybe you were not Mr. Brady or Leave it to beavers dad
but you were my dad…..and the only one I have….

through all the ruckus and the lunacy 
I was a little girl who cried for you (while you cried)
through the tatter of ripped seams and too much whiskey
I whispered “its ok daddy” and I hurt for you….

so maybe you were never perfect in any sense….
and a round peg in a square hole trying to make a place
confused and confounded by life and its roller coaster ride
but I adored you in my broken heart (standing loyal)
through the crazy that you put me through

this one is for you daddy….and there is a silver lining
in every cloud that stings the sky…..beneath the rain
I have a smile I can toss to you through the downpour
and my small hands hold yours through the tempest
my eyes gazing up and watching each mistake you make
and loving you so much anyway…what else can I do?

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  1. Date: 8/4/2009 2:42:00 PM
    indeed a beautiful poem we can relate with. thanks Christie. cheers

  1. Date: 7/30/2009 12:43:00 AM
    Christie thanks for your welcome comments.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 7/19/2009 6:24:00 AM
    Hi Christie, I can relate to this in lots of ways, you have the talent to put into words more graphic than most, I don't come on here much these days but always enjoy your gift, hope you are well love Ann x

  1. Date: 7/7/2009 10:22:00 AM
    This describes the story of so many of my students at school. loyal we stand beside the ones we love. great job with this write christie...............alopez

  1. Date: 7/5/2009 10:34:00 PM
    A tepid write, thank you for sharing Always, Farah

  1. Date: 7/2/2009 10:16:00 AM
    Very well done, my dad seems to compare to yours, I plan to write a poem commemorative of my own one day, you gave me some perspective, here, thanks Moses, jm

  1. Date: 7/1/2009 10:11:00 AM
    This piece cannot be read without crying. It's impossible. I don't know how you do it, but your writing almost ...always "shake me up" ...."and my small hands hold yours through the tempest/my eyes gazing up and watching each mistake you make/and loving you so much anyway…what else can I do?"....... It's going to my Favs. Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/30/2009 4:47:00 PM
    This is absolutely beautiful, and it tugged at my heart. This is so soft and gentle, filled with so much love, with a bit of sorrow. I loved this, a beautiful tribute to your father. Blessings, ~Michaela~

  1. Date: 6/27/2009 12:55:00 PM
    Little girls and daddies. Just the thought is so tender and warm. You put up with a lot, but, after all, there is just one daddy, and if he be loving, well, that is everything.Oh, you are such a lady! BIG LOVE, daver

  1. Date: 6/27/2009 12:56:00 AM
    I admire your work, this is poignant and remarkable. Excellent work...Raul

  1. Date: 6/26/2009 8:12:00 PM
    This is wonderful. My dad is also my hero. He left me with so many memories that made me what I am. Thanks for bringing back old memories. Ernilando

  1. Date: 6/26/2009 6:23:00 AM
    Actually this is exactly what you should do, forgive the past and release the burden. But you're already a master at that anyway. I love the childlike language, I did that too in my mommy issues poem ('Growing Pains' in case you want a kindred spirit poem from the other side of the gender barrier). You're a very beautiful person. Keep searching within and tell us what you find:)Yoni

  1. Date: 6/25/2009 12:07:00 AM
    What an encouraging lady your are Christie.Thanks .Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 6/22/2009 10:07:00 AM
    a wonderful and heartfelt tribute to your dad my dad is my hero and id be lost without him he'as nothing special to the rest of the world but he's all mine great piece

  1. Date: 6/22/2009 8:54:00 AM
    Perfect. Absolutely flawless, Christie! You evoke so much emotion in the reader -it's unreal. I love this phrase "every cloud that stings the sky". Your talent is... amazing. =]

  1. Date: 6/22/2009 8:19:00 AM
    So much tenderness and compassion and despite the obvious hurt and sorrow in you; this poem still cradles your father in warmth... the message is profound in its delivery and simplicity... "what else can I do?".. truly this poem displays the depths of a loving heart.... well Miss Moses.. you blow me away once again :)

  1. Date: 6/21/2009 11:51:00 PM
    Lovely tribute Christie.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 6/21/2009 3:20:00 PM
    beautiful write my friend,my dad was there and not there in my life cos he ve been sick for some quiet a long time,sometimes i got angry and didnt accept him for who he was,i wanted the perfect dad,till i realized nobody;s perfect,only our father in heaven not perfect i love my dad as he is,knowing that is the best he can be...........i relate to this poem in my own story,glad you wrote this,im sure he s proud to have adaughter like you---wonderful my friend-love charma

  1. Date: 6/21/2009 2:36:00 PM
    Christie, are a wonderful Daughter ! God bless you each day ! Awesome poetry !!!!! james

  1. Date: 6/21/2009 1:39:00 PM
    As only you can , PP , as only YOU can .....