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The "family picture"

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amber
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los banos, ca,


0 posted 01-16-2000 11:52 PM       View Profile for amber   Email amber   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for amber

I see this perfect family,
Laid out before my eyes,
And somehow unwillingly,
I take it by surprise.

That you seem so happy,
Like the smile I never knew,
I always told myself you missed me,
But I wonder was it true?

Looking into eyes,
That match my own so perfectly,
But the family here is not my own,
And it doesn’t seem quite fair to me.

These photographs are all that remains,
Of my father and his “life,”
I feel the tears inside me rise,
And close my eyes so tight.

As if to shut the image out,
It reflects to many memories,
That through the years I loved you so,
Still you built a life without me.

An image left on paper,
A man that’s laid to rest,
A father and an angel,
To whom I was a guest.

But not a cherished daughter,
At least the way I should have been,
Despite all the pain his memories have caused,
I will forever love him.

Dedicated to my Daddy, Gary Lynn White 1961-1993



[This message has been edited by amber (edited 01-17-2000).]
© Copyright 2000 amber jean white - All Rights Reserved
Denise
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1 posted 01-16-2000 11:58 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very sad poem, Amber. I'm sorry for your pain.

 Denise

And slight is the sting of his trouble
Whose winnings are less than his worth;
For he who is honest is noble,
Whatever his fortunes or birth.~~~Alice Cary, ~Nobility~

catslair
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2 posted 01-17-2000 12:09 AM       View Profile for catslair   Email catslair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for catslair

So pleased you can write about this so openly and clearly........it is a very sad topic.....but you have a good grasp on the duality of most experiences......
thankyou
WhtDove
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since 07-22-99
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3 posted 01-17-2000 12:14 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Amber this is sad. Any one can be a Dad but it takes someone special to be a father. I hope you look to those that have been there for you and loved you like their own. For those are special people that can do that. I know it don't make up for what you don't have, but maybe you are better off where you are!  

 <*\\\><
Where there is faith,
there is love.
Where there is love,
there is peace.
Where there is peace,
there is GOD.
Where there is GOD,
there is no need.

Hallmark


devina
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4 posted 01-17-2000 04:48 AM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

I know the picture hurt you inside, I felt it as well.  Just remember that no matter what, we were and always will be his only daughters. You are the beautuful image of our father, and even though he's gone, I see him in you every day. Love you, Sis

 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
amber
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5 posted 01-17-2000 10:35 PM       View Profile for amber   Email amber   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for amber

I have had a such a hard time dealing with this every since i was very young. It was like there was this mystery in him that i never knew and when he died i lost the cahnce to ever solve it, and even until now, it breaks my heart. Tanya i know that it hurt you to, its funny how even his image can still make me cry, i jsut wish i could have known him since every time any one sees me they see his image where i stand. But his image in my won mind i cant even really remember.
First__Knight
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6 posted 01-17-2000 10:48 PM       View Profile for First__Knight   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for First__Knight

So very well written Amber.  I too have shared the same as you have Amber....but it was both of my parents....It is a real and deep feeling...one I know and share with you.  I am 31 now and still have that pain...I am here if you need to share about it. You have such talent in your writings as well...a gift.  

 Drive it like you stole it...LOL And another thing...When I rev my engine I want people to think the world is coming to a end....hehehe


Echo Rhayne
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7 posted 01-18-2000 01:45 AM       View Profile for Echo Rhayne   Email Echo Rhayne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Echo Rhayne

There's so much I want to say, yet so much i don't.  I can relate to this, on a little different term.  But as long as you can get it out (which I found to be the best thing I can do) you are doing good!  *hugs* to you

 ~*~ ^i^ ~*~ Love is such a lonely art, and death is but a taste. Minds are merely instruments that often go to waste! ~*~ ^i^ ~*~


hoot_owl_rn
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since 07-05-99
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8 posted 01-18-2000 02:01 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

So sad Amber  
PhaerieChild
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9 posted 01-18-2000 02:14 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Amber I don't know what to say to ease your pain but here is a hug for you. ((((((((((((HUG))))))))))))

 Poetry~ Words falling on paper, painting a dream.

Shawna R. Holder
Boise, Idaho


WolfsMate
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10 posted 01-18-2000 02:20 AM       View Profile for WolfsMate   Email WolfsMate   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for WolfsMate

A moving and heartfelt verse. Thank-You for sharing this.
amber
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11 posted 01-18-2000 03:28 AM       View Profile for amber   Email amber   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for amber

Even though i have been here over six months now, the compassion i recieve from the people here still amazes me. It seems no matter how hard an issue is, I can offer it to you with no regrets and no critisism. No fear of not being accepted. I have shared so much of my soul with the people here, and i thank you all for your open arms and kind words!
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