If you're having trouble coming up with the right words this Father's Day, let these expert wordsmiths lend theirs. We've compiled some of the most honest, affecting poetry out there about fathers (be they human or bird), their hats, and their famous grape sherberts (h/t to The Academy of American Poets for their great archive of poems about fathers).

Click on for our selection of poems for Father's Day -- some excerpted, others run in full -- and let us know what we missed in the comments.

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  • Cesar Vallejo, 'The Distant Footsteps' (translated by