Monday, June 17, 2019

DMC: "Father's Day" by George Heidenrich


You're little now, but when you grow
what direction will you go?

A fireman, maybe, or a nurse?
Someone who studies the universe?
A dancer, a poet, a Mom or Dad?
You'll always make your Daddy glad.

So love your life, your dreams, your play time,
and don't forget to hug me anytime.

© 2019 George Heidenrich. All rights reserved.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Karen Boss, Editor at Charlesbridge. Her challenge this month is to write a poem in second person, speaking directly to a kid or kids about something that you think is important for them to know.

Post your poem on our June 2019 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, June 28th. One lucky participant will win a copy of I Am Someone Else: Poems About Pretending, collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Chris Hsu, available online for preorder, and coming to a bookstore near you on July 2, 2019.


  1. I know from experience that this is great advice, Pops—it works! Thanks for the love, the encouragement, and all of those wonderful hugs. :)

  2. Love your dad. Happy 58th? Wow!!

  3. Lovely advice from your dad.
    And is today your parents' 58th anniversary? My folks were married 68 years ago, on June 17--thinking of them both today.

  4. All advice that makes me smile, especially those 'hugs anytime'!

  5. This made my heart smile, Michelle. Love it. Absolutely the best Father's Day gifted poem.

  6. What a sweet poem and what a sweet dad you have. Thanks for the smiles.

  7. Such a terrific poem, and it would be a joy to illustrate too, thank you both!
    P.S. Love the hugs in there…