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Farewell (Happy Father's Day, Daddy. I still miss you)

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Auguste
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Farewell

by Michael


You once shone brightness in my life
The truths you showed me weren't for naught
But now I am lost and weary
And search for truths you might have sought

The sun holds longer to the day
Nights are more still than ever were
My way is hard to traverse now
And memory, sometimes a blur

It wasn't right for you to leave
When not a farewell did you say
I had no chance a prayer to pray
Only my heart to break and grieve

I can't forget the way you laughed
And how I cried when you were gone
The way you lived and filled your days
Although they weren't very long

I'll not forget that chilly morn
I cast your ashes to the wind
Then watched them settle on the sand
Behind me stood five other men

(My father died in 1981 at the age of sixty after battling a terminal illness for the last six years of his life.  His last and only request was to be cremated and for me to scatter his ashes in front of the lighthouse on Tybee Island, Georgia.  Nine years later my mother also passed away and I scattered her ashes where I'd scattered his.  May God always keep them together)

The day was breaking on the sea
As gray to scarlet turned the sky
Three seagulls soared above the surf
Just as the lighthouse winked, goodbye

Proust-
"Love is space and time measured by the heart"

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michael...another tender one from you...a wonderful way to say happy father's day to your dad...gone but never forgotten...helen
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Oh Michael ... this was so tender and wonderful. You've touched my heart with this lovely verse. Take care on this day of sweet remembrance.

Best wishes,
/Kit
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Michael, you touched my heart more than you can know...my father too, is battling and seems to be doing a good job of it, but he's quite ill today unfortunately...still recovering from a double dose of radiation treatment on Friday...so hugs to you, and thank you for this one!
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michael

this brought tears to my eyes...
for i know how hard it can be! lost
my mom to massive heart attack six
years ago. you have written such
a lovely piece here though m'friend.
truly beautiful. he is smiling along
with your mom--this i am sure of!

take care.
amy  

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Extremely touching write, Michael.  Then again, I am a sucker for lighthouses.  Very fitting my friend.  

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6 posted 06-18-2001 01:41 AM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

Everyone, thank you for your nice comments.  I spent Father's Day quietly with my son.  It was a good day and restful.  I hope yours was also.  Take care.

Michael

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Michael, each time I have read this it touches my heart. I miss my Dad too and this somehow helps make me feel a little better.

Dee

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This is very nice Michael..James
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Very tender and wonderful write!   Enjoyable!
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superb my friend. . . quitely superb. . .

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11 posted 06-19-2001 05:21 PM       View Profile for Auguste   Email Auguste   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Auguste's Home Page   View IP for Auguste

Everyone,

Thank you so much for your wonderful replies.   You're all so thoughtful and kind.  I really do appreciate you all.  

Michael

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12 posted 04-18-2002 11:01 PM       View Profile for skyshine   Email skyshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit skyshine's Home Page   View IP for skyshine

Michael, this was a beautiful memory poem. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your parents. You're in my prayers.

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You're at peace now, Michael.  Having a blast with those parents you lost so long ago.     But please know...you are missed here now...just as you missed your parents!  Until we meet again, my sweet friend!  ~     Becka
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