Sunday, June 19, 2011

Today's poem by Edgar Guest

Tom, Michael, and Margaret on the ferry to Prince Edward Island, June 1994

Only A Dad

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.

Edgar Guest
From, A Heap o' Livin' 1916


  1. This is a great poem. So appropriate for today.

  2. "Only a dad, but the best of men". What a great poem to share today.
    Happy Father's Day to Tom and all the wonderful dads!


    (No relation to Edgar Guest, as far as I know.)

  3. Lisa and Kay, the more I read Edgar Guest, the more I enjoy his poetry. Some may call it simple, but I like it. I couldn't read this aloud without crying.

  4. Nan,
    I shared this poem with my daughters on Sunday and they thought it was a perfect poem to share with their Dad so they used it in the card they made for him, adding a pic of him as well.
    Thank you for true and so special/touching!(love the pic!!!)
    You are always so full of inspiration!
    P.S. Did you get my impulsive email sent from work with the book recommendation. I almost cried when I read that book from a Daddy to his girls...sniff, sniff!

  5. Wonderful poem too - hope Father's Day was a great celebration!

  6. Oh, like this one a good deal - the unsung heroes, the everyday Dads.

  7. Joanne, that is just wonderful. It pleases me so much. I thought it the best poem! And yes, I did get your email. Thank you! I'll look for it.

    Kathie, I hoped you would see it!!

    Susan, the poem sure says it all, doesn't it.

  8. Oh my! This is just so beautiful! I love it. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  9. Kay, isn't it just so wonderful!

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