Only a Dad

Edgar Guest

 
Only a dad with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Bringing little of gold or fame,
To show how well he has played the game,
But glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come and to hear his voice.
Only a dad with a brood of four,
One of ten million men or more.
Plodding along in the daily strife,
Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,
With never a whimper of pain or hate,
For the sake of those who at home await.
Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,
Merely one of the surging crowd
Toiling, striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Silent, whenever the harsh condemn,
And bearing it all for the love of them.
Only a dad but he gives his all
To smooth the way for his children small,
Doing, with courage stern and grim,
The deeds that his father did for him.
This is the line that for him I pen:
Only a dad, but the best of men.
 

Poems by This Author

A Boy and His Dad by Edgar Guest
A boy and his dad on a fishing-trip
A Toast to the Men by Edgar Guest
Here's to the men! Since Adam's time
Bulb Planting Time by Edgar Guest
Last night he said the dead were dead
Father by Edgar Guest
My father knows the proper way
On Quitting by Edgar Guest
How much grit do you think you've got
See It Through by Edgar Guest
When you're up against a trouble
Thanksgiving by Edgar Guest
Gettin' together to smile an' rejoice


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