My Father

He has always believed in me.
     Expecting more than I could see.
He has always provided so much.
     Setting goals I reached high to touch.
He is not one for hugs and kisses.
    But the love in his smile one never misses.
I am courageous and strong.
     Because he works hard days and long.
I am laughing and caring.
    Because amusing humor he is endlessly sharing.
I am often terribly stubborn.
     A trait from dad I must have learned.
As my heavenly father gave me spirit and life,
     My earthly father also shared in my strife.
As my heavenly father unconditionally does,
     My earthly father also loves.
As my heavenly father shall never depart,
    My earthly father ever remains in my heart.

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