Father dearest, I love you so,
As only my soul can really extol
The extent of my appreciation!
Hear my precious heart throbbing,
Eternally grateful for all you did,
Rising to every challenge on the way!
Hope, faith and freedom you showed me,
Ambition and selfless commitment, too!
Peace and tolerance you dearly espoused,
Probity and fair play were your watchwords!
Yes, you were always a man of your word!
From day one you encouraged and helped me.
Every time I faltered, you were there.
Self-confidence, dreams you instilled in me,
Transforming my deep doubts and fears
Into courage, yearnings and aspirations,
Vowing to make me the best that I could be!
Angst gave way to optimism and enlightenment.
Love, you said, was God’s gift to mankind!
Infinite were your patience and attention,
Sources of quiet confidence and inspiration.
And you always demonstrated integrity,
Leaving behind deceit and dissimulation,
Ugliness of thought, word and action.
Truth triumphed in everything you undertook,
Ever loyal, steadfast, indomitable, supreme!
You are my lofty paragon of true manhood.
Our Father in heaven, I know, smiles upon you!
Unique you are, Dad, I salute you with love!