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The Joyous Father

My joy is achieved by witnessing my children’s joy,
the pride they emit through accomplishing a good deed.
My love is increased by the love my children shower
upon each other and what the world presents them.
My life is enhanced by the successes my children meet
as they learn and grow from their accomplishments.

Through my children, I feel very accomplished;
I have been blessed by God so joyously.
No purer pleasantness shall I ever meet
than catching my child doing a good deed.
I try my hardest to display my pride in them
as upon them compliments and praise I shower.

If joy were rain, then I am caught in a shower
and the cleansing of my soul has been accomplished.
The thanks for this I owe all to them:
my children; my pride and joy.
Why has God smiled upon me with this deed?
I’ll ask her should we ever meet.

I am sure, if my children you are lucky enough to meet;
in their pleasant glow you will certainly be showered.
You , I am sure, will thank me indeed
and deem me a father, quite accomplished.
You will come to appreciate the source of my joy
and understand the pride I feel for them.

There is nothing I would not do for them
as recompense for the happiness that I meet
in watching them and the life they enjoy
and witnessing the successes in which they shower.
Because of my children, when my last breath is accomplished
I will die a happy man indeed.

In life I have been blessed indeed;
in a life I have lived for them;
in life I have achieved an accomplishment;
when the challenge of being a father I did meet;
in life, my children I hope I have showered
with the lessons for living a life of joy.

So in life, if ever there was a good deed that I could possibly do for them, especially,
it would be for myself to be accomplished in every trial and tribulation that meets me
and so upon them they are showered with lessons in the joy of pleasing others.

Copyright © Joe Flach

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  1. Date: 12/13/2010 11:10:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Joe in Deborah Guzzi's contest. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/11/2010 4:22:00 PM
    A very postitive and uplifting poem about your children and your love for them. INtersting too, how you refer to God as "her" I am really enjoying the excellent Sestinas on this winners' list. Congratulations! LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/9/2010 2:56:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 12/9/2010 4:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on this well deserved win in the contest of Deb, Joe

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 6:05:00 PM
    Congrats Joe my friend on a brilliant win in Debbie;s contest Joy to the World.. and exquisite entry and emotive write .. enjoy another top ten victory with luv.. way to go..

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 3:46:00 PM
    Congrats on your win..but more importantly..on your family. BG

  1. Date: 12/8/2010 2:18:00 PM
    Pure JOY for a WIN in the Fathers camp..we all do so love our children, great use of the form! Congradulations. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/6/2010 10:00:00 AM
    Verses 1-6 have correct end words! Great! good topic choice too. Please only capitalize for prpoer nouns or at the beginning of a sentence, sestina has enjambment as a vehicle so I'd rather see it reinforced by not capitalizing the first word of every line. Verse 7 needs to have 2,4 in the body of line 1, 6,5 in the body of line 2, 3,1 in the body of line 3 (not at the end to be consistant with everyone else..though I know this is not the only way). I have begun to sort so polish this gem ASAP.

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 11:42:00 AM
    You have articulated so well, the joy of being a good and loving father. You have touched my mother heart. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 9:44:00 AM
    Joe, you have expressed the joy of being a parent so well, your love of these children is very uplifting and I am quite sure they love you right back, it is a love blessed by God~~

  1. Date: 11/25/2010 1:37:00 AM
    Indeed, your children are a great source of happiness for you, Joe. A very moving entry for the contest and I wish you success, my friend. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/24/2010 11:44:00 PM
    ahhh.. children come from the same branch we are made, joe.. a touching piece that shines with metaphors and inner rhyme.. well done; best of luck in the contest! warmest, nette