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Sunshine
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0 posted 10-29-1999 01:52 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

You Are Here

You were there Dad, as was I
sitting silently, closely by
and with us sat the shadow of death,
I heard it with every labored breath.

I knew you were not sore afraid
not the way which my hand in yours laid,
an easy grasp of mine you tried to make
but strength was going, I felt you shake.

Words were not said, no verbal tools,
but my mind and saddening heart were full
to think that silence filled the room
and yet I did not heed the gloom.

For what can be said between daughter and Dad,
no time to be happy, but no time to be sad,
this silent, precious time was enhanced
because of the beauty of life’s chance.

My epoch moments with you were all mine,
sweetly silvered, never to vanish in time,
different from my siblings, they knew others;
while silently for you I tended your covers.

Ah Dad, it’s been some long, long while
since last your earth’s voice or your wry smile
came soft to my ears, delighted my eyes,
or heard you tender your sage wisdom wise.

But you are here, Dad, you are here
whispering faintly in my ear
come late at night, or early morn
making me glad I was yours when born.

Keep being my conscience, keep being my Dad
keep making me happy, even when sad,
keep being here, for here you are,
my Dad, my friend, my sage, my star.

29 October, 1999
©KRJ

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Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



[This message has been edited by Sunshine (edited 10-29-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
Pepper
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1 posted 10-29-1999 02:34 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

The poem is both touching and lovely Sunshine.It's nice that you still feel your father with you.A beautiful work.

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2 posted 10-29-1999 03:45 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Thank you Pepper. Somedays the feeling of his presence is stronger than others. Like today. So glad you came in for the read.
Patrick B
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reminded me to call my dad this weekend,wonderful stuff
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Call now, Patrick B, and welcome to Passions.
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5 posted 10-29-1999 04:37 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Great poem, Sunshine!!
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6 posted 10-29-1999 04:49 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

Sunshine: What a wonderful tribute... I'm thankful for every day my father is still with us almost having lost him to several heart attacks. I'm thankful that my children have their Papa about and that he's had the joy of their smiles and love. I'm near tears as I write this now and I thank you Sunshine for that feeling. Well done.
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Thank you suthern, for reading.

Andrew, now you've got me tearing up. Where's my Kleenex? I'm so glad you can still share special moments with your Dad, and that your children have their Papa. [That was my Dad's name for the grandkids, too.] My dad passed away 11 years ago, and sometimes it seems like only yesterday, and with both parents gone, I can only now imagine what it will be like to grow old, for I no longer have the best mentors here to guide me.

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (edited 10-29-1999).]
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Sunshine, I can assure you without a doubt that he is extremely proud of you. Wonderful work.
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Absolutely! What a wonderful tribute to your wonderful Dad!

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Denise

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What a nice tribute Sunshine
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Beautiful tribute Sunshine, and I'm so glad you still feel him with you. I hope when my beloved Dad passes on, I'll still feel him with me. Thanks for sharing that very personal poem.

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Cast your eyes on the ocean,
Every man goes down to his death bearing in his hands only that which he has given away...
~Isis~
(Daughter of Mystery)


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Such heartfelt words Sunshine. That's just how I feel about my mom. Even though she is still alive, she has Alzeihmers Disease and it's like slowly, very, very slowly watching her die. I just spent the day with her today and your poem really hit home. Thanks for such stirring emotions.
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'Deer, your comments mean much to me. Thank you for them, and for reading. You know I put my heart and soul into whatever I write, and take nothing lightly.

Denise, Hoot, as you know, it is too bad that all of us cannot write tributes to our father, thank you for your words.

Isis, I am sure you will feel such comfort from your memories. I am agrateful that you still have your Dad here to love.

Justme, thank you for reading. I am sorry that your mother has to live with AD. I will pray for you, and for her, and hope that you can salvage the goodness of her still being here.
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