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Poem 3 Published: I Love You Just As Much

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.

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I Love You Just As Much

By-SMITHA VISHWANATH

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,

Forever Yours,

Dad

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You can click on the links below for the other 2 poems published

Poem 2 Published : What Makes A Man Strong

Poem 1 Published: I Miss “US”

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