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Just one Last Hug

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bags123
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since 06-06-2002
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0 posted 06-08-2002 09:54 AM       View Profile for bags123   Email bags123   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for bags123

Dad was always
there for me
Patient, strong, and kind

His advice
was tempered, to the point
few words to mix or grind

I still see him like its yesterday
while I prepped myself for school
"Just one last hug before I go"
was his unbroken rule.

I'd watch his shape
arrange his coat
move briskly thru the doors

A sparkling wink
and he'd be gone
commencing daily chores

Evenings, we'd have time to talk
Then he finally said
"Just one last hug before I go"
It's time we're both in bed

Dad was never pushy
Yet he taught me
right from wrong

A stalwart soul
who wished his son
to grow up proud and strong.

He helped me learn the facts of life
How people plot and scheme
"Just one last hug before I go"
Wasn't always what it seemed

He told me that my future
would depend
on choices made

"Be careful
when the devils due
he's always promptly paid"

College closed my tme at home
It took me far away
"Just one last hug before I go"
was all my Dad could say.

He stood with me a moment
as a tear traced down
his face

Walked to the car
and left the curb
in some unseemly haste

I'll have that picture etched in me
Alone, and forced to stand
"Just one last hug before I go"
revealing natures plan.

So as I took
those first few steps
into my adulthood

I imagined
what my Dad had felt
near parting , where we stood

I think he may have had regrets
that time had gone so fast
"Just one last hug before I go"
to make our memories last.

At 19
I was married,
mistaking need for love

At 22
My first son was born
a blessing form above

I saw him thru my fathers eyes
As once he had seen me
"Just one last hug before I go"
became Dad's legacy.

Then one day
my mother called
distraught over the phone

She said that Dad
was very sick
she thought I should fly home

My Mom sat right beside him
As I entered in the room
near unconscious lay my father
in the twilights sullen gloom

I kissed my Mom
then went to him
hands tightly held in mine

I told him not to worry
everthing would be
just fine.

By some chance he looked at me
his breath a labored sigh
"Just one last hug before I go"
"It's time for me to die"

"I'm proud to have you
for my son,
I wish that I could see"

"Your children raised
and you content,
as you have made me be"

Dad said, "Don't be troubled,
I'm at peace, you need'nt cry"
"Just one last hug before I go"
"We'll meet in pure blue skys"

Dad was always
there for me
Patient, strong, and kind

His advice
was tempered, to the point,
few words to mix or grind.


His abscence leaves a hole inside
thats difficult to fill, but...
"Just one last hug before I go"
has kept him near me still


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Listening to every heart


1 posted 06-08-2002 10:00 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine


Bags, we have a saying here, that one needs to issue a hanky alert should their poem require one.  Your poem, sir, requires one.  Thank you for sharing your father with us.
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Member Patricius
since 09-09-2000
Posts 10848
In Your Poetic Mind


2 posted 06-08-2002 11:00 AM       View Profile for Greeneyes   Email Greeneyes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Greeneyes

very gentle.....I look forward to reading more from you....

Welcome to Passions....


Lauren~

I would rather have one breath of his hair,
one kiss of his mouth,
one touch of his hand
than an eternity without it.

VAS
Member Rara Avis
since 11-16-2000
Posts 7440
Oregon


3 posted 06-08-2002 11:28 AM       View Profile for VAS   Email VAS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for VAS

okay, so now what are you going to do with my heart, now that you've wrung it out to dry?


powerful piece, I certainly like to copy and share with friends and my daughter, may I have your permission to share your poem?  Please e-mail me, if so.

Whether on the shoal or on the shore,
I'll seek the lighthouse evermore.

JamesMichael
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since 11-16-1999
Posts 31622
Kapolei, Hawaii, USA


4 posted 06-21-2002 09:14 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Wonderful words for your Dad...James
Neosaphire
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since 06-21-2002
Posts 20
Oklahoma City


5 posted 06-21-2002 11:35 PM       View Profile for Neosaphire   Email Neosaphire   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Neosaphire

::wipes tears away:: geez, I'm not this sappy a person...I'm really not...wow
passing shadows
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since 08-26-99
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displaced


6 posted 12-31-2002 02:20 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

hanky alert! hanky alert!

*running for tissue box*
mchickyfoot
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since 03-18-2003
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My own World


7 posted 03-19-2003 09:28 PM       View Profile for mchickyfoot   Email mchickyfoot   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for mchickyfoot

Wow! That was a really touching poem! I really liked it! I don't know what it feels like to lose your father, so I thought it was very good.
~*Molly*~
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