The Man Who… dVerse Poetics – Character Study


The man who took me on
as part of the deal
The man who never once
made me feel –

in the way,
unwanted, not cared for

The man who carved lanterns
for Halloween fun
The man who made theatres
and allowed me to run –

matters off-stage,
free reign, made miniature

The man who was there, quiet
in my background
The man who loved me
as if he had found –

my small heart
and held it, so gently

A man who I love
admire and respect
A man who I hope
will only reflect –

that he fashioned a good life
for a daughter, pre-made

From the bottom of my heart
For the man who…

Today over on dVerse, our guest host Walter Wojtanik asks us to write about the character or characters who have influenced our lives – the good, the bad, and maybe the ugly. Whoever and however they may be, he invites us to write about them. Why not pop over and see what Walter has to say, and take part?

I first posted the poem above back in November 2013, and I am unashamedly recycling it, because this particular man, my step-dad, has been a rock for our entire family, never making me, his only step-child, feel anything other than his. He never treated me differently to my brother and sister, has never done anything other than be my parent, and a wonderful one at that. When I wrote this poem, I was 5 months down the line from losing my dad. it was a horrible, horrible time. Little did I know that whilst all that was going on, my step-dad was going through some really tough health problems, which were very hard for my mum as well. She and he have pulled through it – they are a strong and tough act. I admire them both greatly, love them dearly and count myself lucky to have them both in my life.

By the way, the photo above is a small part of my parents’ garden… 🙂

15 thoughts on “The Man Who… dVerse Poetics – Character Study

  1. Wonderful tribute to an important man!This speaks of both the character and the character that he exuded to his family, the selfless giving and care. Thanks for sharing this poem, Freya!

  2. I love this poem, and yes since I have read and admired your poetry for such a long time I know about your dad, and I feel glad that you had your step dad there for you… he sounds like a strong support.

    1. Thank you so much, Bjorn, your comments mean a great deal to me. I admire your poetry so much – I’m honoured and humbled that you would say that. And yes, my step-dad is very special.

  3. Unconditional LovE noW
    Sports and Military teaches
    maKinG young men strong..
    wHere everyone bleeds
    the same in trenches
    of war
    and games
    of valor same..
    SurELy in men
    Love can
    Peace wHere
    tHeRe iS more to
    LiFe than material goods..:)

  4. How very moving and I am wiping away tears as I read this ~ He is indeed a very special man, and how lovely to know more about your family ~ Thanks for sharing and I think you should share this poem with him too 🙂

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