This Sunday is Father’s Day (which means if you haven’t gotten a present yet, you should probably get to it!). Sometimes though, figuring out what to say in the card to your dad is even more difficult than picking out his gift. After all, you’re pretty much positive he’ll enjoy that tool kit or cookbook you got him. But how can you express your thanks for the decades of love, life lessons, and ridiculous dad jokes? If you can’t find the words, try using one of these sentimental poems in your card. From the nostalgic to the lighthearted, these words will say it all for you.

1.”Dad” By Karen K. Boyer


2. “In Her Eyes,” Michelle W. Emerson

“The depth of a father’s love shows in his daughter’s eyes/What’s known is what’s shown from sunset to sunrise/A foundation built on more than just what is spoken/It’s commitments kept and promises that go unbroken/An emotion so immense that nothing in this world can erase/The permanent impression of love is tattooed upon her face/A relation so peculiar that only the two can understand/Yet so immaculate it’s obvious that, by God, it was planned.”

3.  “A Father Is,” Sue Skeen


4. “Father’s Day Prayer of Remembering,” Author Unknown

“Fatherly love brings wealth to living/Remembering this we go forth in giving/Fathers young, fathers old/We remember you all/As life unfolds.”

5.  Star Dad” By Karl Fuchs

“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/Your wisdom and knowledge have shown me the way/And I’m thankful for you as I live day by day/I don’t tell you enough how important you are/In my universe you’re a bright shining star.”

6. “I Love You Dad” By 363 Greetings


7. Special Hero” By Christina M. Kerschen

“When I was a baby/you would hold me in your arms/I felt the love and tenderness/keeping me safe from harm/I would look up into your eyes/and all the love I would see/How did I get so lucky/you were the dad chosen for me/There is something special/about a father’s love/Seems it was sent to me/from someplace up above/Our love is everlasting/I just wanted you to know/That you’re my special hero/ and I wanted to tell you so.”

8. “What Makes a Dad” Author Unknown


9. “A Father Means” By Author Unknown

“Father means so many things/An understanding heart/A source of strength and of support/Right from the very start./A constant readiness to help/In a kind and thoughtful way./With encouragement and forgiveness/No matter what comes your way./A special generosity and always affection, too/A Father means so many things/When he’s a man like you ..”