Ode to a dad

he was the man,

my dad,

he showed me the way

taught me what to say

filled me with hope

oh, those slippery slopes


we laughed, we cried

had nothing to hide

took life in our stride

my mentor, my guide


even though you’re gone

I’ve stayed strong

you showed me the way

taught me what to say

you were always there

you’re always here

I’ll always care

you’re the man,

Thanks dad.

Your son, Paul

Written in memory of my husband’s dad, William Joy Hoffman.


featured image – personal property

  34 comments for “Ode to a dad

  1. 06/04/2020 at 12:01 pm

    How thoughtful all of you have been towards my true Cowboy Father! He was a true legend in the beef and produce business – Paul (Eugi’s husband)


  2. 06/04/2020 at 12:04 pm

    Very beautiful and heartfelt! 🙂 ❤

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  3. 06/04/2020 at 12:14 pm


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  4. Era
    06/04/2020 at 12:44 pm

    Very beautiful 😊

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  5. 06/04/2020 at 3:37 pm

    A testament to a wonderful father.

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  6. 06/04/2020 at 4:06 pm

    mine was not like yas
    he was 63
    when i came along
    and his life
    was a long
    song to thaaat point

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  7. 06/04/2020 at 6:37 pm

    A glorious tribute Eugenia…. beautiful memories live on and on….xx

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  8. 06/04/2020 at 7:05 pm

    What a wonderful tribute. Made me smile.

    Have a fabulous day, Eugenia. ♥

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  9. 06/04/2020 at 8:47 pm

    A man worthy of emulating – how lucky for all who knew him.

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  10. 15andmeowing
    06/04/2020 at 9:10 pm

    That was beautiful.

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  11. 06/04/2020 at 9:23 pm

    That was very sweet. I don’t know what else to say…

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  12. 06/05/2020 at 12:16 am

    Beautiful and thoughtful. Thanks for sharing. 😊🙏

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  13. 06/05/2020 at 4:25 am

    What a wonderful poem, Eugenia. My dad was also a rock that I clung to when growing up. My mother too.

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  14. 06/05/2020 at 5:58 am

    This is such a beautiful poetic tribute to your Father in Law beautifully written… What a wonderful photo of him also…. I am sure he is greatly missed, but always in love by yours and your Husbands side…
    Sending Huge hugs your way Eugenia…. Lots of love.. Sue ❤

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    • 06/05/2020 at 8:51 am

      Thank you, Sue. ❤️


  15. 06/06/2020 at 10:21 am

    Such a heartfelt tribute !

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