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A Chapter by A. L. Allen

A birthday poem I wrote for my dad.

These three letters
Always make me glad
No matter where I am
Or where you are
It will always be the same

With one text
You make my day
When I'm perplexed
You always know what to say

You've listened to my tears

Throughout all the years

And with your corny jokes

You've made me smile

And with your love

You've made my days worthwhile

I can be myself

When I'm around you

I'm grateful for that

And I'm grateful for you too

You are my hero

When I'm feeling like a zero

You catch me when I fall

You teach me how to stand tall

Thank you daddy

You'll be my number one

Forever and for always

Even when my college life has begun

And I'm walking down life's new hallways

I love you so much

Don't ever change

There's nothing I'd rearrange

Happy Birthday

Love, ______

© 2012 A. L. Allen

Author's Note

A. L. Allen
I left the very last word blank for a reason. I'd prefer to keep my name somewhat anonymous, and that last word happens to be my first name. :P

I wrote this for my dad's 43rd birthday (wow, he sounds really old when you write it down). I know this isn't one of my best poems in terms of technicality, but it truly comes from the heart. Almost every stanza has a true story behind it, and if you're interested in what those stories are, feel free to message me about them. :)

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It was really really well written and incredibly sweet and heartfelt. I loved it!

Posted 9 Years Ago

This is so sweet:) I love this and I hope your dad did to. To my library it goes:)

Posted 9 Years Ago

Sweet poem! :) Hope your dad LOVED it :D
But...43 is actually pretty young. My dad's 52, and I'm younger the you are Ally!!! :P
I love it! Sweetest birthday gift ever, I bet! ;)

Posted 9 Years Ago

Erm.. No. You call that old? My dad's 58 sweetheart. You're dad is a youngin'. YAY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. ______ This poem was sweet. Smooth and well-written. Couldn't have made a better one myself. Seriously, mine would've been all mystic and shrouded and what not. :P Sometimes I loose the meaning of my poem behind painted glass.

Anyway, lovely write. :)

100, because I love the honesty and love I get off this poem.

Posted 9 Years Ago

This is very well written, and it is obviously very sentimental. I think your rhyme scheme was really nice, and the flow was very polished. I actually read the last line "Love, Blank" and it still kept the same rhythm.

Very nice, I hope your father enjoyed it.

Posted 9 Years Ago

A great write to your father. Well written. with regards.

Posted 9 Years Ago

What a sweet poem Ally!! I don't have the guts to write that for my dad.... Haha, that sounds weird doesn't it.

But still, since I'm not a poet -yet- I can't give too much criticism, because this sounds really good to me. Seriously so beautiful Ally. :)

Posted 9 Years Ago



This was the sweetest thing to give to your dad, ever ever (so sweet, I said ever twice).
From a teacher's perspective, a few lines were kind of choppy and out of place with the flow of words, but I bet this could be easily fixed with a read through. Beautifl and sweet! ;)

Posted 9 Years Ago

A lovely and heartfelt tribute! Well done. And 43 may seem old to you now, but I'm only nine years from there, and I'm just getting started! You'll see!

Posted 9 Years Ago

Haha I adore my anonymity as well. This is a cute heartwarming poem. The "ands" get a but repetitive. Good writing dear.

Posted 9 Years Ago

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Added on February 8, 2012
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A. L. Allen
A. L. Allen

Logan , UT

Welcome! I have had a lifetime passion for writing. I started when my father introduced me to the wonders of Microsoft Word on a dinosaur of a computer, and haven't stopped since. I have attempted .. more..

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