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Seeing you smile (response to Rainbow Girl's challenge)

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LngJhnAg
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0 posted 02-10-2000 08:48 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for LngJhnAg

You looked like an angel on the morning when we met,
Small and helpless in my arms, so intense, and yet
I could tell you had a heart that could love with all your soul,
I still thank God for allowing me to be with you as you grow.

I remember our grocery shopping trips when you were very young,
I'd "fly" you up and down the aisles in "death-defying" strafing runs.
You were too young to read the brightly colored product names,
But it didn't matter because right then your were an "arrow-plane."

Do you remember the circus when we sat in the front row,
And the elephants "waved" at you as they passed by us going slow?
You cried at first and then you laughed as I held you tight,
And you could talk of nothing else for the remainder of that night.

The months flew by and then the years as you grew, my child,
Always straining to be free, and perhaps a little wild.
I didn't understand your drive to be different from the rest,
But still I tried to encourage you to do your very best,

Because seeing you smile made my life worthwhile.

I remember your first beau and how he broke your heart.
I remember how you cried, and how poorly I did my part
To make you see beyond your tears that there would come a day
When somebody worthy of your love would finally take you away.

I cried at your wedding as we walked together down the aisle,
You, my angel, dressed in white, with your radiant smile.
And when I was asked to give you away, it was hard for me to do,
I was afraid you wouldn't need me as much as I needed you.

The years wore on and you grew to be a woman on your own,
Oh how I missed your laughter that once filled our happy home.
The days grew colder as I grew older and you saw less and less of me,
Until all I had were those sweet times filled with your memories.

Because seeing you smile made my life worthwhile.

We didn't see eye to eye sometimes or find a common ground,
But I love you with all my heart, and am thankful for what I've found.
Though now my days have reached their number and my life is through,
I'm still here in spirit, dear, watching over you.

Because watching you smile makes my life worthwhile.
© Copyright 2000 Michael Waterman - All Rights Reserved
Corinne
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1 posted 02-10-2000 09:16 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Oh, LngJhn,

I should not have read this at 6:06 a.m.
It is far too early in the morning to cry.

Beautiful.

Corinne
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2 posted 02-10-2000 09:30 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Geez, first Liz makes me ball like a baby, now you make them flow like a river! This is so sweet. I was moved. Gosh, I miss my parents. Maybe I'll invite them up this weekend! Thank you for the wonderful poem! -SEA
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3 posted 02-10-2000 09:48 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

This is superb, sailor!!!
wayoutwalt
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4 posted 02-10-2000 09:59 AM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

oman o man too good for me i'm gona go take a dip now and reflect o yuh very sweet i must say and effective
RainbowGirl
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5 posted 02-10-2000 10:08 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Sweetheart, What can I say?..Beautiful and my eyes are shining cause you made them wet..

HUSG

 The grape passes through the press to yield wine.
Your life must pass through the press of passion and pain to yield the wine of wisdom..

Tasi
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6 posted 02-10-2000 10:24 AM       View Profile for Tasi   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Tasi

LngJhnAg..Thoughts of my own father will cross my mind for the rest of the day ...thanks for showing the love a parent can have for thier child!!  
Corazon
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7 posted 02-10-2000 10:26 AM       View Profile for Corazon   Email Corazon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corazon

wow, what a daddy, what a poem...beautiful!
LngJhnAg
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8 posted 02-10-2000 11:27 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

Thank you all, kind poets.  My life is somewhere along that line; not finished yet, but getting there.  Thanks for your encouragement.
Kyttn
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9 posted 02-10-2000 11:33 AM       View Profile for Kyttn   Email Kyttn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Kyttn's Home Page   View IP for Kyttn

Oh.. wow.  What a touching poem!  I'm still wiping my eyes.

Kyttn
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10 posted 02-10-2000 09:33 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Why, you sentimental old salt, you!!! This is great, John. You have really captured the essence of being a father.

Obviously, Toerag was wrong all the times he referred to you as a mother!

Wonderful work, my friend  
bobbycat
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11 posted 02-10-2000 09:38 PM       View Profile for bobbycat   Email bobbycat   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bobbycat

wonderful, wonderful poem....what a world this would be if every little girl had a daddy like you....but then again, in some ways, we all probably do.....    

Bobbycat =^..^=
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12 posted 02-10-2000 10:46 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

LongJohn-
What a tender, loving Daddy's heart
I see here.  Kleenex material for sure.
~*Marge*~





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JamesMichael
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13 posted 02-11-2000 06:01 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Long John this is what life is all about..the love shared by a father and his child.  How fantastic to have all those lovely memories of wonderful times spent together.  James
angelswing
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14 posted 02-11-2000 06:19 AM       View Profile for angelswing   Email angelswing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for angelswing

This poem is so touching I almost cried (only almost, I am to strong for that). You've done yourself proud, you have brilliantly expressed the joys of life .
LngJhnAg
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15 posted 02-11-2000 10:42 AM       View Profile for LngJhnAg   Email LngJhnAg   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LngJhnAg

'Deer - lol@mother - Toe is a very confused person.  I've heard him call you the same thing!

Thanks all for those nice comments.
Toerag
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16 posted 02-11-2000 10:44 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

But you are both such talented "mothers" for sure....
WhtDove
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17 posted 02-11-2000 11:02 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Geesh LJA. This was beautfiul! Brought tears to my eyes! What a great way to express the relationship between Dad and daughter!

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Which way is right for you,
Stop and softly ask yourself,
What Would Jesus Do?
Nan
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18 posted 02-11-2000 10:22 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

yeah - but what about the 'mothers'????
Michael
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19 posted 02-11-2000 10:31 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Man, when you are "on" LongJohn, you are on.  Great poem.  


Michael
 
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