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I wrote this poem one day after looking in the mirror and seeing my dad. That's great - except I'm a woman.

Heredity And Good-Ole-Dad

Heredity is very strange
It's quite a peculiar creature
Attaching itself to you
Determining the look of every feature
The color of your eyes
How long you'll keep your hair
Or if you must reach for glasses
Which never seem to be there
Will your body be built like a champion
Or will you suffer from defeat
It decides everything about you
From your head down to your feet
I'm sure someone has said
You look just like your father
And five minutes later
You look just like your mother
Maybe you've even been told
You look like neither one
You see, it all depends
Which side of the family they are from
But ask me and I'll say
I'm just like good- ole- dad
I seem to have inherited it all
The good things and the bad
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13 Visitor Comments

neil
i searched the net for a more jovial thing to say at my dads funeral and you hit the spot thanks
Mandy
Very good. I like it a lot. Keep up the good work!
Bonnie
cute poem and so true too.
Sonia
I like this poem it really touched me! My mom & dad is the best in my eyes and that really touched me.
Florence
I laughed when i read this poem. It really speaks of somthing of real life. I mean I for one, couldn't even make out who i take after, since some people would say i have my mums look while others say I take after my dad in some ways. But I guess what is special is that whatever part of mum or dad you take after, Just be grateful that You had them to be there for you all along and always as your parents. Truly inspirational. cheers.
Surampudi
How really true. The poeem is cute and tells us: Some things we cannnot go by in life.
MITCHELL
THE POEM WAS NICE AND ALITTLE HUMOROUS. ALOT OF PEOPLE SAY THAT I LOOK JUST LIKE MY DAD. I DON'T SEE IT BUT THATS WHAT EVERYONE SAYS.
DEBIE
THANK YOU FOR SUCH A LOVELY POEM, I AM SENDING IT TO MY DAUGHTER WHO TOO LOOKS LIKE HER DAD. SHE IS A COLLEGE STUDENT AND HAS SOME TOUGH CHOICES AT TIMES AND THIS POEM WILL MAKE HER SMILE.
jeanette
This is so,so funny. Thank you!
Edouardo
Kudos,Jaimie I like your dad, so I guess I love you?
Emerson
Superb!
Katie
very creative and interesting i liked your poem keep up the good work. i can connect to this poem because i always hear that i look just like my mom! :)
k.m.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your poem. I think you really hit the mark for alot of people.But more so, that you found the words to say what I think alot of us think and feel. And did so in simple terms(but not so simple that it would turn a person away). Thanks again, keep up the good works.

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