Richard W. Reith

DADDY

When he first held her in his arms,
he began to understand
heaven.

As he watched her grow
from tomboy to young lady,
he began to understand
the heart of a woman.

As he held her in his arms
and dried her tears,
he began to understand
his own strength.

As he left her off at college,
her start on the road
to independence,
he understood emptiness.

As he watched her grow
he truly understood pride.

And after it all,
he finally understood the meaning
of “Daddy”.