Whether you are making a Father's Day card from scratch, or looking for something to add to a purchased card, these sites are chock full of Father's Day poems to help you find just the right words to express your love. Some include original poems, others feature works from famous dead poets. Most allow the use of their poems on handmade cards, but be sure to check the each site for more specific terms of usage.
Apples 4 the Teacher hosts fifteen poems honoring dear old Dad, by poets such as Winifred Sackville Stoner, Henry W. Longfellow and William Wordsworth. Other Father's Day content includes coloring pages, printable cards, crafts, recipes, and gift ideas. For reading time, there is printable chapter book about Pinocchio and his dad Geppotto.
Free for personal or non-commercial use, poet Nicholas Gordon shares his poems online as well as for use in homemade Father's Day cards. Gordon is a prolific poet, and his collection is the largest of today's picks. "You are our knight in shining armor, / Pilgrim of our plea, / The Atlas for our wounded world, / Our rescuer at sea."
"I love you, Dad, and want you to know / I feel your love wherever I go. / Whenever I've problems, you're there to assist / The ways you have helped me would make quite a list." I was already a fan of poets Karl and Joanna Fuchs, so I was happy to see their names again when searching for Father's Day poems. The married duo write all the poems at Poem Source, and no commercial usage is allowed. Although in some cases they do allow a single poem to be published on a personal website, please read their usage guidelines carefully, because I can't cover them adequately in this limited space.
For high-school students and adults, Poets.org takes a more scholarly approach to poems about fathers, with a look at half a dozen poems from well-known poets, and a suggested reading list that includes works by Dylan Thomas, Edgar Guest, Sylvia Plath, and others. Here's the start of one by E.E.Cummings. "my father moved through dooms of love / through sames of am through haves of give, / singing each morning out of each night / my father moved through depths of height".
"A father's words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house," Paul Lewis. For a little variety in today's sites, Thinkexist brings us not poems, but quotes. The quotations are sorted by popularity, which means you can vote for your picks (or pans) by clicking on the up (or down) thumb. Pay special attention to the tiny icons next to each quote. They provide one-click access to sending each quote as an e-card, copying to your clipboard, or printing.