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Always Daddy’s Little Girl (A Poem and Tribute to My Father)

Always Daddy’s Little Girl (A Poem and Tribute to My Father)

If you're a Daddy’s Little Girl too, read this poem. Whether your first love and favorite hero is close by or too far away, this is for you. It's about the kind of love that can never get too far away.

“He wasn’t a hero, known to the world. But a hero he was, to his little girl.” – Rebecca D. Cook

I’ll Always Be Daddy’s Little Girl

I wake up earlier,

Thinking of you.

I close my eyes,

And I see you, too.

When you appear in my dreams,

I think you really come to see me.

Maybe it’s the easiest place to meet.


Sometimes you talk to me.

You send me thoughts–

This I know is true.

Because they didn’t come from me,

And they sound a lot like you.


Even when you don’t speak,

You’re in every waking breath–

Every smile and every step,

Still there through every tear.

You’re part of every thought,

Because you’re the love that pulses through me,

Which I know is not lost.

Your love is always here.


But I still feel lost sometimes,

And I don’t even remember the time.

I don’t even care to rhyme.

I don’t understand why.

The waves still knock me down.


It’s easy to think I’ve the waves,

And I forget I’m the ocean, too.

If that’s the case,

Which I really think it is,

Then you’re the ocean, too.

And that means I’m closer to you,

Closer than I think,

When I’m thinking this way.

I will try to remember this every day.


I need your wisdom every day.

I need your strength today.

I need to know you’re with me,

But I know I’ll have to look for you,

In another way.

I’ll need to see you with my heart instead,

To know you’re those thoughts,

That enter my head.

I’ll need to look with new eyes,

To know you’re the wind,

That blows the clouds across the sky.


You’re the peace I feel,

When I walk along the water.

You’re the love I feel at home.

You’re the hope I see,

In every newborn daughter.

You’re the quiet echoes of my soul.

You’re the joy in my heart,

And the smile on my face,

When I decide to leave the world a better place.


I’ll always keep trying to see you,

Because I think you’re trying to show me–

That there are a million ways to see you,

And to know that you love me.


May your presence stay with me always.

May I be a channel for your love.

Whenever I feel alone and lost,

Please send me inspiration from above.

No matter how much time passes,

I still need to feel the warmth of your hug.

So when I feel the weight of the world,

Like I sometimes do,

Please keep reminding me,

That I’m still your little girl.

I’ll do my best for you.

. . .

Tell me:

Which part of this poem is your favorite?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I'd love to know.


P.S. Want to honor the man you first loved with something special? Get this handwritten poetry print for something you can hold, or gift. Whether he's near or too far, the love that still remains, you'll feel it.

Comments on this post (3)

  • Jun 19, 2020

    Hi Diana, I am so sorry for your loss, and my heart is with you and your daughter as Father’s Day draws closer. I do not have anything physical that I could send you at the moment with these words… I am sorry about that. I may be able to create something, even in a typed format, with these words on some beautiful white paper, if that’s something you would be interested in. Just let me know (you can email me anytime at and I’ll add that to my list. <3 x

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jun 19, 2020

    This tribute feels like how my daughter is remembering her dad. He passed away 1 year ago on Father’s Day. Anyway I could order this for her? Thank you.

    — Diana Petersen

  • Jun 19, 2020

    Is there a chance of ordering a copy of the poem Daddy’s Little Girl Always. Would like this for my grown daughter, she lost her Dad last Fathers Day. Thank you. It is just beautiful and so much how she feels.

    — Diana Petersen

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