Ten Poems about Fathers



This mini anthology is a wonderful introduction to the countless poems written about fathers and fatherhood.


Father William is present, of course, a feisty figure who reminds us that age is entitled to have the last word.


There’s affection and humour, alongside tender remembrance.


In one poem a father carries his young daughter on his shoulders after a trip to the pantomime and realises how precious such moments are:


“And I clutch you tightly for fear you blow away
For fear you grow up to soon ….

… And sensing this, I hold you tighter still.”

from ‘Cinders’ by Roger McGough.

Ten Poems about Fathers

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