I just came across this picture of my daddy at about age 20. He died 5 years ago at age 94 still a very handsome man. But most of all his beauty came from his soul.

A Poem for Daddy (Amos H. Lockhart)

I smile when I see your picture
and look into your eyes.
I see a man of great stature
of honor, not just of size.
When I was a little girl, 
you looked so tall and strong.
I knew I was safe with you
because you did no wrong.
You'd build me playhouses,
climbing gyms, and such.
I knew you loved me
'cause you cared so much.
Often you'd take me to creeks 
and walks on forest trails.
I loved to sit in your presence
listening to your tales.
I worked with you one summer,
helped paint a house one time.
I was just a little girl
but you made me feel so fine.
You encouraged me to try things
to never give up or in.
You honored me by giving
your time
your love
your grin.
It meant so much to me
to see approval in your dark eyes.
You only told me the truth of life; 
You never told me lies.
You showed me how to parent
to give to those in need.
You showed me the way to live;
you planted a wonderful seed.
Now as my years turn to autumn, 
I thank you for your love.
You introduced me to my faith
and to the wonders of Heaven above.
You deserve much more than these words 
but this what I can do
to show you in this very small way
how much I'll always love you.

(my father's name for me)

Poetry by Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2007-09-05 at 03:45

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An excellent poem for a great Dad. I would never have guess that he was 38 in the picture. He looks much younger to me. Do you still have any of his writings. You oten tell me that something I write remind me of something that he would have written. I thought maybe if you do you could post some of it or get Phyllis too if she has some and you don't. I suspect, though, that both of you have some of it still. I am sorry that he is no longer with you. I would liked to have met him. What did he die of?

What about your mom is she still around?

Great piece my friend!


reminds me of my late father
thank you very much

lots of love

Phyllis J. Rhodes
Daddy was actually 38 years old in this picture. He never looked his age and was handsome even in his nineties. I share all your love and respect for our Daddy. He was truly a great man and wonderful father. You have his eyes and smile and impishness. This is a magnificent tribute to him and I say amen to it all!

Masterful Tribute!!!

I've come to expect no less what a great write!!!

Rob Graber
A touching write indeed!

Elle The PoetBay support member heart!
Deep love shines through this - what happy memories you have of your father - a true legacy of love to pass on generation after generation

Elle x

lastromantichero The PoetBay support member heart!
Katherine thes words are the finest i have read he was obviously a wonderful inspiration to you and so well loved by you your love for him shines in every word and he was obviously a great mentor to you and your sisters and brothers
thisis a wonderful poem and i put it in my favs with all of my love xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxylk Michael

soft as the summer breeze are your words and the love for your father shines through every letter ... I am happy for your beautiful memories of your father...

wishing you the best of Wednesdays


Pieces of Life
by Kathy Lockhart