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Letting Superman Go (a tribute to my father)

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Local Rebel
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0 posted 01-28-2000 10:44 AM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Local Rebel

I put on your shoes
When I was five
And my toes didnít quite
Make it past the tongue

I tried to keep your stride
When I was twenty
But your pace
Was always too
Brisk for me
To keep up

I tried to wear your faith
Like a shirt that didnít fit

I wore your name like a bow-tie

Parted my hair the way you showed me
When I was eight

Sat in your favorite chair
When you werenít looking

Drove your car high into the air
Slammed it into a soybean field
And never told you about it

Took the lid off your pepper shaker
On April Fools Day

Stopped scribbling fancy art
And drew those straight
Straight engineering lines
With your best number 2 drafting pencil

And maybe
It was the day
When I woke up
And realized I wasnít you
And didnít have to be

Maybe it was that day
When I first grieved

It was hard to watch you
Not be you anymore
Hard to see superman
Fall before kryptonite
Like a rag

Iíve missed you my friend
My father
My hero
My idol

Iíll miss you more
But, Iíve had you a long time




†How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it. -Marcus Aurelius

[This message has been edited by Local Rebel (edited 01-29-2000).]
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1 posted 01-28-2000 10:48 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

This is beautiful, LR... we have to savor every moment... they're all too few.

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2 posted 01-28-2000 10:50 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

It's funny how alot of us, when we're young, look at our fathers like a Superman.....And, in many ways they were....and when ya find out they're really "Clark Kent"...and only human....and they're gone.....it makes ya think about all those "Super" things they could do....and how Super they were to you and your growth........This is wonderful Hawk......
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3 posted 01-28-2000 11:06 AM       View Profile for fc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for fc

just beautiful my friend,  perfect tribute  
Local Rebel
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4 posted 01-28-2000 11:14 AM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Yep Toe -- and the best I could ever hope to be is Batman
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5 posted 01-28-2000 11:17 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

And that's Bad?....Good Grief man! Batman's good!.....Look at me?....I ended up being a friggin' Toerag!
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6 posted 01-28-2000 11:43 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Very beautiful....A wonderful tribute to your father LR.....
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7 posted 01-28-2000 11:51 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Sweetheart: The thoughts will keep living..

HUSG

 Memories give you the power to collect roses in the winter...
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8 posted 01-28-2000 12:08 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Yep, but really, they'll always be Superman in our hearts!

Denise
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9 posted 01-28-2000 12:41 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Thanks everyone -- and Toe -- we know that rag of yours is really a cape old man..!
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10 posted 01-28-2000 08:39 PM       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

Rebel...what a wonderful poem. Great tribute to one who will always be a hero in your book  
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11 posted 01-28-2000 10:15 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Excellent writing, Rebel, and a worthy topic.
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12 posted 01-28-2000 10:21 PM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

LR, my Daddy is and always will be my hero. Jeez, I'm almost 30 and I still call him Daddy......(or "hey POP") You brought tears to my eyes. Guess I better get off the computer and call him....... Thanks! -SEA
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13 posted 01-29-2000 01:38 PM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Thanks hootie (or should that be hottie? lol) deer and sea...

I very much appreciate your thoughts and comments...

Just to put this all in context for those of you who don't know me my father has been bravely fighting cancer since the fall of 98 but, alas, sometimes there are better alternatives than a cure... he was/is a proud member of America's greatest generation and I never wrote him a poem in all the years I walked in his shadow..
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14 posted 01-29-2000 02:33 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Rebel-
Admiring greatly the tenderness
in this tribute from your heart.

A victory won
within the son
Son to father,
so well done.
~*Marge*~



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15 posted 01-29-2000 04:33 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

Rebel, you mayn't have written him a poem until now, but from these words, one can see that your love for your father is as poetry. Thank you for sharing this part of you. I smiled all through the reading (o:

Claire
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16 posted 01-29-2000 10:10 PM       View Profile for Tara Simms   Email Tara Simms   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Tara Simms's Home Page   View IP for Tara Simms

Touching poem, LR.
Roniece Dawson-Bruce
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17 posted 01-29-2000 10:17 PM       View Profile for Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Email Roniece Dawson-Bruce   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Roniece Dawson-Bruce

This poem touched my heart - your words to describe your father could very easily describe mine - I miss my Father every day..
Thank you for sharing.        Roniece
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18 posted 01-29-2000 11:24 PM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Hawkman - I like to think I can put words together and make a poem, and thereby claim to be a poet.  You show that there is a lot more to it than that.  This is a terrific piece of writing, old man.
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19 posted 01-29-2000 11:30 PM       View Profile for devina   Email devina   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for devina

The sensitivity and caring in this one shows us your true heart sweetie!! Hang in there LR...here's a hug for ya!!!!

hug!!!


 Open arms can be the most fragile in the world...
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20 posted 01-29-2000 11:36 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Great images here!  Thanks for giving us a peek inside of you and your dad, too.


Corinne
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21 posted 01-30-2000 04:34 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

This one brought tears. So very well written.
Liz
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22 posted 01-31-2000 03:55 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

A beautiful tribute Hawke ... and I ditto Rainbow, your dad will live in your heart and thoughts.
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23 posted 01-31-2000 09:23 AM       View Profile for Local Rebel   Email Local Rebel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Local Rebel

Wow -- I didn't expect this one to stay up all weekend!

Many thanks to all of you have read and responded it is very thoughtful and appreciated.
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24 posted 02-01-2000 04:10 AM       View Profile for JTF   Email JTF   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for JTF

Wow -- I didn't expect this one to stay up all weekend!

Quite powerful these Viagra pills ain't they Hawke ? ...  
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