My Baby Girl


Tiny yet strong little hand

Curled around my finger

Not inclined to let go

Trusting compelling eyes

With an impish smile

Obliterating any opposition

Pudgy little body holding sway

Over a large grown man

My baby girl


The budding teenager

Creating havoc in my life

Forever pushing the limits

Yet unable to diminish

Deeply buried feelings

Of fatherly love and urge

To hold her close

To protect and nurture

My baby girl


A grown beautiful woman

Leaving home to forge

Her own way in life

Cutting loose binding ties

My heart never letting go

Following her successes

And inevitable sorrows

Quietly from afar

My baby girl


Giving her away in marriage

Proud, happy for her, sadly

Fondly remembering the smile

So many years ago

Suppressing slivers of sorrow

Basking instead in the light

Of her happiness

Knowing she will always be

My baby girl

  • Author: Alfred Peyer (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: September 15th, 2017 01:26
  • Comment from author about the poem: Can't help it! I love my daughter.
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 58
  • User favorite of this poem: WL Schuett.
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  • Goldfinch60

    They are always 'My baby girl' no matter what age they are. Great loving write Fred.

    • FredPeyer

      Thank you Goldfinch, and yes they are!

    • Michael Edwards

      Ah - the same for my daughter - seeing her later today to bring back our grandson for a sleepover - where would we be without our family. It's those without to whom my heart stretches out. Super write from a great father.

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Michael, you are so lucky to have her close by! All my kids live in California, so we have to take a 5 hour flight to see them.

      • Frank Prem

        Ages and stages Fred. A whole measure of life in the reflection.

        Just look at what you have done!

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks Frank! I didn't do nothing. You know the definition of father is ten seconds of bliss and a lifetime of misery! 🙂

        • orchidee

          Ahhh, a lovely write Fred.

          • FredPeyer

            Thank you, orchidee! I am fond of her.

          • Christina8

            Absolutely wonderful! Very sweet write! Loved it!

            • FredPeyer

              Thank you Christina, for reading, commenting, and liking it!

            • myself and me

              No matter where they are, how far they go, the love of a father to daughter will always follow.
              A poem full of great love from a father.

              • FredPeyer

                Mahalo m&m, after two boys she came along and turned my life upside down!

              • Seek

                How well you capture the life of a loved one and the lifelong bonds of a loving father.

                • FredPeyer

                  Thank you Seek! I do believe that these bonds will go on even after I am physically gone.

                • malubotelho

                  So beautiful and sweet Fred. Lovely writing. Must be hard to let go of a baby girl. I love my kids and try to keep them close. I have only two sons, no baby girl daughter but now I have that puddle of joy that is my granddaughter. Thanks for sharing this. You are a luck man to have a beautiful family. Congrats

                  • FredPeyer

                    Mahalo Malu! I always wondered if it is true that there is a special bond between mothers and sons like there is between fathers and daughters. With my wife, the two boys can do nothing wrong! 🙂
                    But then, I just cannot say no to my daughter.

                    • malubotelho

                      I say there is a special bond between me and my sons. They trust me and always feel secure if I'm around. Even now for the hurricane we had to stay all at the same place.

                    • Louis Gibbs

                      You speak well for all of us who are privileged to be the fathers of daughters, Fred! Not always an easy relationship, but a beautiful one.

                      • FredPeyer

                        Thank you Louis! 'Not always an easy one' is the understatement of the year! But that is all past, forgotten and forgiven! I AM very lucky and grateful to have a great relationship with all three of my kids.

                      • WL Schuett

                        Well done captured what I feel as well ...

                        • FredPeyer

                          Thank you WL, she was a joy as a baby, a terror as a teen, and now all I could have ever asked for from a daughter!

                        • Tony36

                          Well written and expressed

                          • FredPeyer

                            Thanks so much Tony, for reading and commenting!

                          • lasergraph

                            You described perfectly the tender journey every father makes with his little girl. Every step you take with her and those she has to make on her own. Great work.

                            • FredPeyer

                              Thank you lasergraph, for a very thoughtful and true comment.

                            • dusk arising

                              Beautiful from your heart writing. Envious.

                              • FredPeyer

                                Thank you da, this one did come from my heart. I write a lot from imagination, but once in a while it is personal.

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