My Father Taught Me

My father taught me to listen
To the wild birds’ morning song,
To the laughter of the rippling brook,
To gladness all day long.
My father taught me courage.
When I would walk away
And leave a disliked task undone,
He gave me strength to stay.
At evening when dark shadows
Were lurking everywhere,
He helped me find a special Friend.
My father taught me prayer!

[illustration] Illustrated by Judy Law