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A Poem for Claire
A Poem for Claire
(originally published March 4, 2010)

This is from Barry:

Dear Dr. Laura:

I was a participant in an unwanted, unnecessary divorce…because my wife wasn't 'happy.'  I have 3 minor children who, despite my tremendous efforts to the contrary…only get to see me 7-10 days a month.  I do everything I can to remain in their lives so I might display to them the importance and value of good character, good values/morals, and integrity...

For Valentine's Day, I wrote my 5-year-old daughter a poem.  I'm not a poet by any means.  I'm your basic manly man.  These words simply came to me in the half-hour it took to write them down.  In it are references to many things we do as a family….I thought you might like to read it:

 A Poem for Claire

A poem for Claire is what I will try. 
I hope it turns out – ya see, I'm only a guy. 
There are jobs that I have- 
One is being your Dad. 
Out of all of the jobs 
That one makes me most glad.

We do things we like 
And some we don't mind. 
I'm pleased that you're nice
And so warm and so kind.

I tell you I'm serious 
But you know that I'm not 
We're both very silly 
And we smile a LOT!

We sit out in back 
And look at the clouds 
You see shapes I don't see 
You make me so proud.

Walking to school 
Is always so fun. 
It's been so cold lately 
We can't wait for the sun!

You fiddle with your homework.
Maybe a snack instead? 
But each night we read 
Just before time for bed.

I love when we play 
You're so very special 
We dance and we laugh 
Now it's time to WRESTLE!

We cuddle on the sofa 
Watch TV at night. 
But we don't watch a show 
That might give you a fright.

We make up games to play
Sometimes go for a hike. 
But what you like most 
Is riding your bike!

You play Dan-Ball and Rock Band 
And sometimes the Wii. 
"Daddy, come look! 
Come here! Come see!"

I'm busy in the kitchen 
Moving fast there to here. 
You're the first and the loudest 
During our dinnertime cheer.

I miss you dearly 
When we're far apart, 
But I'll always remind you 
I'm in your head and your heart.

The message is clear 
In this poem you hear. Y
our Dad loves you greatly 
And I will always be near.

I want you to know 
You're my best Valentine. 
I will ALWAYS be yours 
If you will be mine.

I love you. 

 You've made me a better man, Dr. Laura.  I thank you.
Tags: Divorce, Men's Point of View, Motherhood-Fatherhood, Parenting, Values
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