As I read the post about creating a Tribute Poem by Two Writing Teachers, I was inspired to write a tribute poem about my Dad. It was near the first anniversary of his passing and I realize I still miss him every day.
I remember . . .
Your smile and laugh when greeting a friend or loved-one
Your deep voice and wide hands reaching to hug us
The care you expressed for others
The interest you took in your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren
The support and love we felt from you
Your honest opinion and commentaries on the world.
Words . . .
Things . . .
Stories . . .
Working in the field
Growing up in a large family
And how you would rattle your ice tea glass when you needed more tea
You kept a light by Mom’s grave so she wouldn’t be lonely
How you never met a stranger
And told us we were no better but as good as any other person
Your rugged individualism, determined to make it on your own
Yet, you would be the first one to offer help to your brothers and sisters
We miss you, Dad, I will always love you.
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