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Thank you Dad for Your Love

Lora has been a featured writer in poetry publications. She is currently working on a collection of poems as a tribute to fathers.

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The Following poem below is about the shining light that a father's values, guidance, and love bring to the lives of his children.

Like A Diamond You Are

A diamond shines with brilliance and so do you

to your beliefs you've always been true-

in the fine example you've shown

I've always looked up to you...


As a diamond's beauty is a treat to behold

I cherish all the wonderful stories you've told-

just as a diamond reflects much light

a father in his wisdom guides us throughout life...


Your vision for your family has shown clarity,

your actions have always shown sincerity-

to our lives you've imbued color

with your unique sense of humor...


Just as a diamond is a symbol of that which endures

you I can count on that is for sure-

the love of your family passes the most rigorous test

on being a friend you're simply the best...


A diamond is something so precious

just as the memories of you that I treasure

the values you've imparted are beyond measure...


Always living life with an abundance of zeal

and a charisma that to anyone would appeal,

as a fitting tribute on this Father's Day

I simply must say...

Dad as a father,

you are truly my ideal.


-Lora Hollings

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"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."—Anonymous Photo

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Inspiring Quotes about Fathers

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."—Billy Graham

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."—Jim Valvano

"He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."—Clarence Budington Kelland

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."- William Shakespeare

"Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you're twelve, but every day."—Mike Meyers

"My father used to say that it's never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try."--Michael Jordan

"Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person." --Naveen Jain

"I would say my greatest achievement in life right now - my greatest achievement period is - and I'm still trying to achieve it - is to be a wonderful father to my kids". --Bo Jackson

"Fatherhood is a marathon, not a sprint."—Paul L. Lewis

"Becoming a father increases your capacity for love and your level of patience. It opens up another door in a person - a door which you may not even have known was there. That's what I feel with my son. There's suddenly another level of love that expands. My son is my greatest joy, out of everything in my life." --Kyle MacLachlan

"This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments - and you get the tears at the end, too." -- Harlan Coben

"I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life." Sidney Poitier

"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."-- Hedy Lamarr

"I've said it before, but it's absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future."-- Liza Minnelli

"When it comes to Father's Day, I will remember my dad for both being there to nurture me and also for the times he gave me on my own to cultivate my own interests and to nurture my own spirit."-- Jennifer Grant

"Simple. Pared down. Timeless. The ties were never too thick or too thin; the pants were never too flared or too skinny. In my life with Dad, he wore Western apparel because we went riding - jeans, cowboy boots, the turquoise belt buckle. But it was all very simple, and that classic look is very 'Ralph Lauren."-- Jennifer Grant

He'd forgiven who he needed to forgive, let go of what he needed to, and accepted himself as he was. Archibald Alexander Leach, Cary Grant, and all."-- Jennifer Grant

"I am my father's only child. The world knows a two-dimensional Cary Grant. As charming a star and as remarkable a gentleman as he was, he was still a more thoughtful and loving father." -- Jennifer Grant

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The following poem, My Hero, is dedicated to my own father and all the other fathers in the world that endeavor to do their best for their children. Bless them all for their strength, their love, and their constant support.

My Hero

He is a noble man
in his soft, quiet way
steadfast in his love,
and resolve to live
by a simple truth...
to do what's right.

Rather than take the path of ease,
for his purpose in life has
never been to please;
With strength of character
as his source,
he will try to alter a course.
Living by the creed…justice for all...
with his virtue, he stands tall.

While others make promises glibly,
he takes his oaths seriously.
Not a man for pretense,
he lives his life simply.

Honest about his faults
and accepting of others too…
he meets life’s challenges
with vigor and valor seldom seen-
for he’s not one to give up on his dream.

He is a man for all seasons.
His life an example of what
it means to be strong-
giving his family so many reasons
to say, “dad we love you,"
on his special day...
thank you for all you’ve done.


-Lora Hollings



© 2019 Lora Hollings

Comments

Lora Hollings (author) on August 24, 2020:

Brenda, thanks for your return visit and your wonderful comment. It's great to have a living example of someone close to you that can stand up for what he believes in. Have a great week!

Lora Hollings (author) on August 24, 2020:

Umesh, thanks for reading and I appreciate your gracious comment. I'm glad that your father was your hero, too!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 22, 2020:

I reread this one.

The tribute to your father on the second poem my hero is wonderful.

It takes quite a man to stand tall and make a difference.

It shows he has alot of character and backbone.

Great writing.

Lora Hollings (author) on August 21, 2020:

Vandna, thanks for your visit and for your lovely comment. I'm glad you found my poetry to be moving. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Bhattuc on August 21, 2020:

Nice poetry. Well presented. My dad is also my hero. Great feelings conveyed.

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on August 19, 2020:

Beautiful tribute to your father. I loved this heart touching poetry. Thank you so much Lora for sharing.

Lora Hollings (author) on July 25, 2020:

I only wish that I could have spent more time with him before he passed away. At the end of his life, I knew him better than at any other time and I cherish those memories. It's nice to hear that your father was your hero, Bill. Thanks much for stopping by. You brightened my day with your heartfelt comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 24, 2020:

Beautiful tears washing over my cheeks right now, Lora! My father was my hero, and your poem touched me deeply. Thank you for that lovely sweet melancholy.

Priya Dinesh from Bangalore on September 09, 2019:

I'm an only daughter, and this piece of art simply warmed my heart. Great job Lora!

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 21, 2019:

A good father is truly a precious jewel in the pantheon of heroes. I loved the poems. I miss my father very much. He passed 27 years ago and still it is a loss that's felt.

Blessings,

Denise

Lora Hollings (author) on August 02, 2019:

Thanks for the read and your gracious comment, Dana. Fathers can make such a difference in their children's lives! They play such an important role just as mothers do. Good fathers often don't get the well-deserved recognition they have earned. You are so right! Blessings to you.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on August 01, 2019:

There are so many stories of bad fathers that good fathers sometimes slide under the radar. In a lot of ways they're unsung heroes. This is why the good ones shine like a diamond. They stand out from the rest.

Beautiful tribute.

I'm happy you were able to have and, appreciate your Fathers love.

Lora Hollings (author) on June 26, 2019:

Thank you Chitrangada for your gracious comment. I do so agree with you that fathers play a very significant role in helping their child develop their unique gifts and in their psychological health as well. Indeed, they foster feelings of self-worth and being happy with oneself. I'm sorry to hear of your loss but I'm sure that his spirit, as you say, is near you everyday and will continue to inspire you to illuminate the lives of others. Warm regards.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 26, 2019:

Beautiful tribute to your father. I loved going through your poem and the quotes are wonderful too.

Fathers have such an important role in shaping the whole personality of their children.

I lost my father, few months ago. But, I feel his presence everyday, everywhere. He is my inspiration and will always remain so.

Thanks for sharing this heart warming hub.

Lora Hollings (author) on June 19, 2019:

Thank you Brenda for your gracious comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed the poetry and the quotes. I find myself often reflecting on the good times that I spent with him that brought much joy and laughter. Have a wonderful day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 18, 2019:

Lora,

This is such a great read.

I enjoyed the poetry. Your father sounds like a wonderful man. This is a nice tribute.

I aldo like the quoted.

Good write.

Lora Hollings (author) on June 15, 2019:

Thanks for reading and for your thoughtful comment, Pamela. It is always difficult to lose a parent. They are such an integral part of our lives. When I go back and visit the town that I grew up in and where they spent most of their lives, the memories always come flooding back. I remember a saying I heard once and it is so true, " a memory is something you have and yet something you've lost."

Lora Hollings (author) on June 15, 2019:

Thank you Flourish for dropping by and your warm comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the poetry. Going back and reflecting upon the happy times that I spent with my father and his passion for sharing his stories from his youth always brings me joy.

Lora Hollings (author) on June 15, 2019:

My father passed away as well about 10 years ago and I wanted to dedicate a poem to him in his memory. He was a man that really loved his children and always endeavored to do his best. He loved to teach us valuable lessons through the medium of stories. And he was such a storyteller! He could hold anyone's attention as he put so much feeling into his stories. He was very entertaining and showed much wit in the little touches he would love to add. I will always remember this amazing gift that he had! Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment, Lorna.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 15, 2019:

This article with beautiful poetry is such a wonderful tribute to fathers. I will always miss my father, and he passed away several years ago. I enjoyed the quotes as well. Thanks Lora.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 15, 2019:

This is a warm, loving tribute to your father. Beautiful sentiments.

Lorna Lamon on June 15, 2019:

Beautiful timeless poems Lora. Sadly my father is no longer with us, however, I still treasure the memories I have of him especially on Fathers Day. Thank you for sharing.