Poems written by daughters for their fathers include "Whose Mouth Do I Speak With?" by Suzanne Rancourt, "Grape Sherbert" by Rita Dove, "My Father, with His Arthritic Hands" by Rani Turton and "Father's Day" by Mary Frances Bogle. The poems approach the subject from a variety of viewpoints, including a daughter looking back on childhood memories of her father and a daughter dealing with the aging of her father.Continue Reading
In "Whose Mouth Do I Speak With?" Rancourt describes the joy of receiving spruce gum from her father, which he collected while working in the woods.
"Grape Sherbert" depicts a Memorial day barbecue topped off by lavender flavored sherbert. Dove completes the poem with a retrospective understanding of the effort her father put into creating the dessert.
In her poem, Turton describes an aging father overcoming the onset of arthritis to continue playing the violin, even though "he can hardly walk."
In "Father's Day" Bogle honors her father, as well as fathers generally; she muses that "God made fathers firm and strong."
Numerous poems also exist from unknown authors that describe the relationships of daughters and fathers. For example, the anonymously written "A Little Girl Needs Daddy" describes the role a father plays in a daughter's early life, from "holding her high off the ground" to comforting her when nightmares strike.Learn more about Poetry