Everyone's known for something ......

In retrospect he was only a child victim ........
at a time when being left twisting in the wind
was in fashion
But oh what a life it was
If foest gump were only for real......

He would have stared at you
and silently shaken his head
So here's to long silenced tragedies
unimaginable
Yet grief councilors are still rendered speechless
why bother crying out....

And before anyone knew about cycles
you passed
on that seething pain to others
And yet who could blame you
and who does?
Not I

One thing about it though
you taught me well how
to read body language ........
I always know what's coming next
Thank you for that


And yet ....for the life of me
I can't figure out
How to drink from the cup
of happiness you see , you're
not here telling me how
Rest well my Father




Comments 13 comments

Hubert Williams 4 years ago

Very nice tribute to your father. I lost my father 33 years ago, but I feel his spirit with me everyday.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

My friend, I to see forest gump shaking his head. I to had a father once I never got to know only that he wasn't in my life most of mine. He cast a dark shadow and left me with it to tend to most of my life and here I am? I felt your words as I always have. Thank you for sharing another snapshot from your soul.


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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

"here's to long silenced tragedies

unimaginable ...who could blame you and who does?

Not I"

Awesome poem of pain and forgiveness, but still in search of identity.

Voted up, awesome and beautiful.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

words from the poet's pen. Beautiful. Voted up.


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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

wow, strong memeory . very powerful.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. It's always the boys who suffer without fathers. It's sad that more men who are fathers don't realize how important they are to their sons before it's too late and nothing can ever change again.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Beautiful and haunting.


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BlossomSB 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

An interesting poem. How much we miss the wisdom of our Father, when he is with us no more.


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Fennelseed 4 years ago from Australia

Inner torment, that pain remains in the one left with the memories and the hurt. "why bother crying out..." it is done, the long silenced tragedies rest........but the torment remains. I hear you, Ahorseback. Beautifuly written and deeply felt.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Intergenerational transfer of pain and abuse can be a terrible thing---and it is only when that cycle is broken by one who holds strength and resiliency --nicely written!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

beautifully done!


Daddysgirl 4 years ago

I feel this to the core dad! Very sad and I don't know what to say. Maybe just that I love you lots and I have always known you know how to love, after all I am a product of your love! Maybe grandpa looked at you like most look at me.. We appear so happy and content by ourselves. I think most envy us because we don't appear to need anyone, but contrary to our outward appearance there is a lonely soul in there! Maybe the peace they think they see in our eyes is longing...and lots love to fill that void..after all we are both very attractive... Hahhaaa


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

i am always awed by your writing power my friend...what a great way to remember your father...

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