For Dad

close but not too close, empathy given free
protecting from a distance, support supporting me

love enveloping my life, compassion reigns supreme
sacrifice for others, the sacrifice of dreams

pain molded into love, discipline firm but true
Passion pouring out, devotion breaking through

speaking truth to power, standing for those who can’t
fighting battles for the weak, refusing to recant

giving voice to whose without, protesting when required
sharing with less fortunate, encouraging desires

if only I could give my boys, a father like I had
then I will be successful in my life, exactly like my Dad

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