The third poem published in the book Meticulous Men of Mettle written from the point of view of a father to a child.
I am sure all fathers will be able to relate to this poem. Do share your feelings once you’ve read it.
I Love You Just As Much
The moment I laid my eyes on you,
A wave so strong flowed in every nerve and sinew,
And when I held you in my arm,
An urge, powerful, emerged from the depths; to protect you from all harm
And I made a promise.
When I looked into your big, black eyes, I saw my world,
And your soft, brown curl, unconsciously I twirled,
Your skin like silk, I was scared to touch; lest I might hurt,
But when you held my finger tight, emotions through every cell did spurt-
And my life I knew had changed.
Then you gurgled, a toothless smile you gave,
It made me choke, made my heart crave,
My entire being ached to part, but I had to go,
“You did not give birth, no leaves for fathers, ” they said, “Oh no!”
And so for the evening, I had to wait, for your cherubic smile.
But your day was done and you’d be asleep and yet for my sake-
A secret I must confess, I would hope you’d wake…
For the night was all I had, with you,
When the world would sleep, and it would be just us two
And I held you close and thanked the stars.
And so a father must wait,
A decision taken by the Heavens above and followed by the State,
Nine months first and then, for the end of every day,
A mother’s love incomparable, that’s what they say,
But was a father ever given the choice to make?
I was not the womb that bore you,
Or the breast that nursed you,
But I will be the roof that shelters you,
The wall that stands behind you,
And the shadow that follows you.
I will be with you, as long as you need me to,
And I will let you go when you want me to,
I will listen to you, when you need me to,
And if not I’ll be here waiting for you,
For a father knows to wait…
I love you just as much as your mother,
You can click on the links below for the other 2 poems published
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