Poetry Friday – Father’s Day Poem

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Hello and Happy Poetry Friday! I have spent the past few days recovering from our trip to Orlando last weekend. It is only 3 hours away, but I-4 always makes it feel so much farther.

My husband and I attended the mid-year Florida SCBWI workshop, which was fantastic and then we celebrated John’s birthday by taking the kiddos to Disney World. Our step count said that we walked 10 miles that day, so we were pooped.

I went to Disney World for the first time when John and I were dating. So every time we go back, we try to remember to take the same photo.

June 2019
March 2008

John has always been a big Disney/Pixar fan, and we both loved the movie Wall-E, which came out a few months after we started dating. We both have a soft spot for it.

So, since John’s birthday was last weekend, and Father’s Day is this weekend, I thought I’d get a little mushy and write a Golden Shovel poem for him. I pulled a line from the song Down to Earth by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman, which was written for the movie. You can listen to the song below.

You Really Need a Cape
after “Down to Earth” by Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman

Yeah, Edna Mode said “no capes.” But despite
the long days, the sacrifices and all
the hard work, you
make time for us. You’ve made
our family closer, stronger, happier. Of
course it isn’t easy and it
isn’t a nonstop party, but you’re
there for a snuggle and a good night kiss. Always
ready, when the kids are afraid,
to scare the monsters lurking under the bed. Of
all the superheroes, we have you, the
best dad ever. And that’ll never change.
© Rebecca Herzog, 2019

9 thoughts on “Poetry Friday – Father’s Day Poem

  1. Whoa, Rebecca! I love how your poem takes a line about fear and flips it on its head. Great title for this tribute poem. Happy Father’s Day to your family.

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