Father’s Day:The Quiet Man


I  make  no  apology  for  bringing  this  poem out  again, after all I only  had  one  father  and  this  was  the  first  poem I  wrote  about  him. 

A tribute to my Father  1905 – 1976


He was a quiet man, he was a helpful caring man.

Handsome in his youth a dashing man,a fighter for rights.

A union man, a fighting for the under dog man, a “I’ll do it if I can man” .

He met my Mum, a wooing man, a handsome flashing eyed Irishman.

A black haired almost wild man, a stand up for what I am man.

A good man to trust your life to and my Mum did,

my Dad

He was an out in the open man. What see is what you get man, nothing  hid.

He worked hard he was a family man. A sturdy, bring home the wages man,

A giver, comforter, a lover man. A home maker man some one to carry the can man.

A there until the end man.

He was a stern man, when you had done wrong, though he was a quick to praise man.

A happy to teach you a lessen in a song man. A teacher man,sometimes a preacher man

An always there when it counted man. He was a father of the bride man, and he handed all his daughters away.

He was the man who supported his sons when they became the married men.


He was a support man, and adviser man the lover of lilies of the valley man.

He was reunited with my Mum man when they saw us all gone.

He was a plain man to the end man, not a flourish and bouquet,

Nor a black magic man,an honest to the end man.

He was a deaf man, but he heard what was important man!

At the end, a blind man, in stature a tiny man in truth a giant man.

A truly missed man , a wish you where here man.

He is a gone but not a forgotten man.lily_of_the_valley_777

Image  of  the  Lilies 

28 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Le Fragi
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 06:09:51

    Lovely words and sentiments. Thank you. G:)


  2. Paul
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 08:19:36

    Beautiful memorial Willow.

    As an aside I just did a guest post over at Mark Bialczak’s and I would be honored if you had the time to drop by. Thank You. https://markbialczak.com/2016/06/19/janices-bicyle/comment-page-1/#comment-80839


  3. ksbeth
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 08:42:13



  4. Barry
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 08:57:48

    He sounds much like my father was. I’d like to recall those words when father’s day rolls round in Aotearoa New Zealand (second Sunday in September).


  5. socialbridge
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 10:50:19

    This is so heartfelt, Willow. Wish I’d known him. x


  6. Deb
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 13:04:34

    Such a loving tribute to your Dad! He was also a lucky and proud man to have such a wonderful daughter as you!! 🙂 xo


  7. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 13:05:52

    A heartwarming tribute to a wonderful man. Thank you for sharing, Willow. ❤ ❤ ❤


  8. jan
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 16:30:52

    Sounds like a lovely man! I’m quite fond of lilies of the valley too. Thanks for sharing.


  9. Josslyn Rae Turner
    Jun 19, 2016 @ 21:47:06

    Sounds like he was a cool man! 🙂


  10. Lynz Real Cooking
    Jun 20, 2016 @ 17:57:32

    Lovely Willow!


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  12. Marsha
    May 02, 2021 @ 20:45:35

    Super sweet, Willow. Your mom picked a good person to father her children. A dependable man. Thank you for sharing that, Willow. I did not write one for my dad. I wrote a tribute for my grandfather, but on paper that’s long gone. He died in 1980 at the age of 80. My dad died in 1990 at the age of 63.


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