My Father Taught Me

By Mabel Jones Gabbott

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    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 wished to 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!

    Photos by Jon Lockhart