Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Happy Birthday, Dad

At each family gathering,
There is a void that is hard to fill
Yet we keep our memories alive.
We know that it was His will.

We have to move on.
With joy our hearts sing,
Knowing that you are
No longer suffering.

You left an imprint on us.
We will not forget you.
We have learned so much
And it shows in the things we do.

Thank you, Dad. We love you.
It's been ten long years
Since He took you under His wing
And washed away our tears.

In spirit, you can walk
Around without pain.
No need for a wheelchair,
A prosthesis, or a cane.

You have a granddaughter
You never got to hold.
And three great-grandchilden
Have been added to the fold.

I know you are watching them
and the rest of your grandkids grow
As you once did with us,
From head to toe.

The things left unsaid...
The things we meant to say...
I know you know
What's in our hearts today.
In Loving Memory of My Dad
September 2, 1928-April 21, 1998

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6 Comments:

At Tue Sep 02, 07:08:00 AM , Blogger Laurie said...

Shari,

Happy Birthday to your Dad and Happy Memories to you and your family. . .

Thinking of you on this bittersweet day. . .I'm sure your dad would be so proud of you!

Laurie

 
At Tue Sep 02, 08:44:00 AM , OpenID suddensilence said...

What a *beautiful* poem, Shari -- it brought tears to my eyes.

Happy birthday to your dad, and big hugs to you.

~ Wendi

 
At Tue Sep 02, 09:07:00 AM , Blogger Breazy said...

Happy Birthday to your Dad!

The poem was beautiful and it is good to know that you have so many happy memories.

 
At Tue Sep 02, 10:02:00 AM , Blogger Jennifer Bruno Conde said...

Beautiful, Shari. Happy Birthday to your dad.

Hugs,
Jennifer

 
At Tue Sep 02, 03:55:00 PM , Anonymous Karen Putz/ DeafMom said...

Beautiful poem!

 
At Wed Sep 03, 05:56:00 AM , Blogger Beth said...

This struck a chord - and touched my heart.

 

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