My Father Taught Me

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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] Photos by Jon Lockhart