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Thanks, Dad - and Happy Birthday

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Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


0 posted 06-02-2004 09:45 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine





Happy Birthday, Dad

getting you to sit still
for Mom’s present of you,
was pulling proverbial chicken’s teeth

although you once showed me
a chicken that had some

Still!

What is it I remember about you,
that goes past your grin and laughing eyes,
the stories you wouldn’t tell,
because no one should feel sorry for you in your
lifetime.

I remember age two, watching you shave and “get sharp”
so we could visit mom in the hospital
after the birth of my brother,

at four you taught me that even humans
can help baby robins live in a crisis,

you taught early that a fair fisherman teaches
how to fish for food, but
a good fisherman nets humility…

at eight, you were teaching me the weight
of a hammer, a lesson tempered with the
heavier weight of a few words,
they’re like nails, they should only serve
to hold your point down,

for nails are expensive…

You made magic with your hands, turning
them to anything, and making anything
turn into a present that has taken me into my
future.

Perhaps you were the best father to the three of us,
because the father you were born to,
wasn’t there for you.

What I remember most, Dad, was
when you said you would always be with me,
your eyes looked into my soul, so that
I knew the truth of your words
as they nailed down my heart.

Dad, meet my Passions’ poet-friends,
for you are my muse that shares me with
them through your eyes, helping me
amuse them now and then,
for I know you are
the reason I find ways to write
of silly things,

and not-so-silly things,

where I have left behind tenderprints of you,
and our life, and why kids should have
a dad like you.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

I love you.

~*~

Robert H. Rilling
June 2, 1923 – September 4, 1988

© Copyright 2004 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
nakdthoughts
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Between the Lines


1 posted 06-02-2004 09:58 AM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Karilea, your Dad resembles an artist friend of mine...

gives me fond memories as I  stare across the room at his painting.

a beautiful poem~

M
dingusjr
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since 09-24-2003
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2 posted 06-02-2004 10:13 AM       View Profile for dingusjr   Email dingusjr   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for dingusjr

Wow...I hope my daughter feels as deeply
as you!  I believe she does, Larry
Gentle Spirit
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3 posted 06-02-2004 10:25 AM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

beautiful you....this made me smile...
Enchantress
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Somewhere in time~


4 posted 06-02-2004 10:35 AM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

What a loving tribute Karilea...
(should have come with a tissue alert though)
Beautiful....absolutely beautiful.
Heart hugs.

~Somewhere in my heart I'm always
Dancing with you in the summer rain~

kayjay
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since 06-24-2002
Posts 2334
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5 posted 06-02-2004 10:51 AM       View Profile for kayjay   Email kayjay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kayjay

Well done!  You are so fortunate that such a good man came to be such a part of your adult life.  Mine died when I was in my twenties.  KJ

Through rubble and trouble and dark of night
The yawn of a dawn will hasten the light

iliana
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since 12-05-2003
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6 posted 06-02-2004 11:08 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Oh, dear Karilea, what a wonderful dad you have, and what a dear poem this is!  Happy Birthday, Sunshine's Dad, and may you have many more!   ....jo
LeeJ
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since 06-19-2003
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SE PA


7 posted 06-02-2004 11:15 AM       View Profile for LeeJ   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LeeJ

You made magic with your hands, turning
them to anything, and making anything
turn into a present that has taken me into my
future.

This was beautifully done, you have a wealth of family in family...fantastic read and write

Sending a very Happy Birthday to your most wise and giving father.  
passing shadows
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displaced


8 posted 06-02-2004 12:40 PM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

this is a touching gift, for us all

thank you
RSWells
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9 posted 01-20-2005 05:42 PM       View Profile for RSWells   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSWells

Everyone wins here. Great tribute to a cool lookin' dude.
Martie
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10 posted 02-02-2005 10:08 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Happy Birthday to a wonderful man...how do I know....because of you, dear sissie!!  
 
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