More Poems and Poetry By a Motherless Daughter - The Reunion A Poem For My Mother & Father About Reuniting in Heaven

My Father, William Montgomery Burns 1951 Age 17
My Father, William Montgomery Burns 1951 Age 17 | Source
My parents on their wedding day. July 23, 1955
My parents on their wedding day. July 23, 1955 | Source
My dad with his brother Gene, My grandmother, Sirena, and my mom, Bobbi Ann , 1958
My dad with his brother Gene, My grandmother, Sirena, and my mom, Bobbi Ann , 1958 | Source
My dad and Mom on My Mom's 21st Birthday April 18, 1959
My dad and Mom on My Mom's 21st Birthday April 18, 1959 | Source
My Father and Mother Christmas 1964
My Father and Mother Christmas 1964 | Source
Dad sharing a Popsicle break with my sister and I on a hot summer day in the early 1970's
Dad sharing a Popsicle break with my sister and I on a hot summer day in the early 1970's | Source
My Dad with my sister and I Christmas Eve 1972
My Dad with my sister and I Christmas Eve 1972 | Source
My Dad, William Montgomey Burns,  29  November 1933 - 20 August 2011
My Dad, William Montgomey Burns, 29 November 1933 - 20 August 2011 | Source
My  dad, my step-mother, my life-long best friend, and I  American Legion Dinner in 2003
My dad, my step-mother, my life-long best friend, and I American Legion Dinner in 2003 | Source
A picture of my dad I took with my phone in 2005
A picture of my dad I took with my phone in 2005 | Source
My Dad with his youngest grandchild, my nephew Aidan William Burton Burns, while Dad was in the hospital, December 2010
My Dad with his youngest grandchild, my nephew Aidan William Burton Burns, while Dad was in the hospital, December 2010 | Source
My Dad and youngest child Jami during an "escape from the hospital" trip to the park during an extended hospital stay last January
My Dad and youngest child Jami during an "escape from the hospital" trip to the park during an extended hospital stay last January | Source
My oldest, Joseph and my dad in February of last year before Winter Formals
My oldest, Joseph and my dad in February of last year before Winter Formals | Source
My middle child, Jordan and my dad in February of 2011 before her Winter Formal
My middle child, Jordan and my dad in February of 2011 before her Winter Formal | Source

"Daddy don't leave us!"

I heard myself cry,

"I know Mama is waiting,

But I'm not ready for you to die.

I know that you miss her

I miss her too,

Oh Daddy, my daddy,

Without you what will I do?

I laid my head down

With tears on my cheeks,

As he stroked my hair

I drifted off to sleep.

While I was sleeping

In a dream I could see

An angel with pink wings,

She was talking to me.

She said "my precious girl,

Dry your tears, don't you cry

You've always known

That we don't really die.

Your Daddy is tired,

And he knows you are too.

His illness has been hard

On both he and you.

You've done your best

But his body is weak,

Confused by confusion,

Barely able to speak.

He's ready my darling,

To let go of this life,

To go on to another

To reunite with his wife.

I shook my head at this angel

Tears streaming down my face,

"I don't want him to go,

I want him to stay!"

"I know you do sweetheart,"

The angel softly said,

Looking sadly at me

She patted my head.

"Come with me for a moment

I've something I want you to see."

What she showed me that morning

Was how it would be.

I saw my father

Standing so proud and so tall,

Without his walker or cane,

He didn't need them at all!

He was able to run,

He ran right up a hill

If I close my eyes now,

I can see him there still.

Sweet was the music

From some angel's harp,

My dad in his uniform

His creases so sharp.

The light all around him

Beautiful golden and bright,

I watched from afar

Keeping him in my sight.

His dark curly hair

No longer thinning and gray,

Tight lines of pain at his eyes

Had faded away.

His smile was beaming

His laughter I heard,

It said more to me

Than could any word.

I wanted to call to him

"Daddy, I am here!"

Instead I silently watched

As he picked up his gear.

My Dad the Marine

Of whom I was so proud,

Was not there all alone

There was suddenly a crowd.

They gathered around him

As he put down his gun,

They were laughing and smiling,

It seemed he knew everyone.

"Who are they?" I wondered

From where I still sat,

"Who are all these people

That are hugging my dad?"

"They are his family,

His sister, his brothers,

His aunts and his uncles,

His father and mother.

They've all come to greet him."

The angel replied

They have waited so patiently

For such a long time."

I studied their faces

And then knew it to be true

For there was my grandmother,

My aunt and uncles were there too.

So happy were they

To see my daddy once more

To be a family together

As they'd been before.

As I watched them all

With tears in my eyes,

I was happy to see

That love never dies.

Then off into the distance

I saw Daddy look,

The expression on his face

Like something I read once in a book,

As though he were searching

Expecting to see

Someone that he loved,

Was he looking for me?

In that instant I saw

As his eyes filled with tears

As she ran into his arms

As he held her so near

As they looked at each other

She was crying too

I heard her whisper to him

"I've been waiting for you."

Heads bent together

Holding on to each other

Smiling and laughing

Were my father and mother.

I saw her reach up

Whisper something in his ear

What she said to him then,

I could not hear.

Toward me they both turned

And I heard them say,

"We love you dear daughter

It will all be okay.

We will be here to meet you

We'll be together someday."

As the golden bright light

Began fading away

Like the setting of the sun

At the end of the day,

They blew me one last kiss

As they turned to go

Over that hill,

I remember it so.

Holding hands as they turned

I saw a flash of feathery pink

Then my mom turned her head

And she flashed me a wink.

As the last of that golden light

Faded far and away,

From sleep at his bedside

I'd begun to awake.

His hand was still resting

On top of my hair,

But I knew that my Daddy

Was no longer there,

For the smile on his face

Was the same one I'd seen,

When he met my mother again

Inside of my dream.

-Kristen Burns-Darling ©September 2011(all rights reserved)



















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LeeLeePortCity 5 years ago from Wilmington

tears...amazing


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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

It was so lovely, K. To love is to grieve but not forever. God bless you and your family.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Your poem has touched my heart and it has made me cry. So sorry for your loss.

This is how I see re-uniting with my family when the time comes.


writer20 5 years ago

I'm sorry you lost both of your parents. Like you I still miss my Father and it's been so very long.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@writer20; I am so sorry for your loss. My mom has been gone since I was eleven, that was in 1978, but the loss of my dad is very new. He passed two weeks ago today. Thank you for the generosity of your time, your kindness, and your comments, they are always welcomed and appreciated.

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@writer20; I am so sorry for your loss. My mom has been gone since I was eleven, that was in 1978, but the loss of my dad is very new. He passed two weeks ago today. Thank you for the generosity of your time, your kindness, and your comments, they are always welcomed and appreciated.

Kristen


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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

Oh, k., so sorry to hear about your dad. Keeping you in my prayers.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@LeeLeePortCity - Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and your comments, they are both welcomed and appreciated!

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@North Wind - I am glad that you enjoyed this piece, and I am as always, eternally grateful for your gift of time, your kindness, and your comments.

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Just Ask Susan - Thank you for the generosity of your time, your kindness, and your comments, they are all deeply appreciated. My dad was my compass and my rock for so long, letting him go has not been easy for me, but there is some measure of comfort in knowing that he is again with my mom. Thank you Again,

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@DIYweddingplanner - Thank you for that, I remember how when I wrote the first story about his Alzheimer's I made you cry, and then I read your dad's story, and I was crying too....Dad went peacefully two Saturday mornings ago, I had been up with him all night, and went to sleep around 4:30 am, when I woke about around seven, he was gone, but he was looking out the window into the back yard, and he was smiling, and I know in my heart he was smiling at my mom.....I don't know why, but I just know. Letting him go has been a struggle for me, he has been my rock and my compass all of my life, but there is a peacefulness in my heart that I think comes from knowing that I did the right thing by him, I brought him back home, and from knowing that he and mom are together once more. Thank you again for the gift of your time, your kindness, and for your comments, they are always very deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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CASE1WORKER 5 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

Oh that was so lovely, the tears are falling all over my face as I type- thank you


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@CASE1WORKER - Thank you so much, I am glad that you enjoyed it. If there is anything that I could say helps to ease the grief of losing my dad, it is the knowledge that my parents are together again, and that I know one day we will be a family once more. Thanks again,

Kristen


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

That was a remarkably beautiful piece of writing. So, sorry for your loss. There is peace and serenity found in your words. This is a light for many to see.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@mckbirdks - Thank you so much for your kindness and for the generosity of your comments.

Kristen


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Kristen I am so sorry for your loss.

Thank you for sharing this incredibly beautiful piece of writing with us.

I wish I could say more, words fail me.

Kindest regards.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Movie Master - Thank you so much for your kindness, and you are very welcome, I am glad that you enjoyed this piece, it always seems to count a little more in my heart when my hubs that are of a personal nature have a great response, and I am ecstatic to see the response to this one, as it is to me a very special piece. Thank you again!

Kristen


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge

What an amazing piece of your heart you've managed to put into such and eloquent poem and tribute to both of your parents and I hope you see it is one to you and to Faith as well. Letting him go home to your Mom is such a wonderful way of letting go, though it doesn't take away the sting. What a gorgeous couple they are! And, just think, the love they shared now has lasted all of these years and is renewed now and shared with you! This is just incredible!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Poohgranma - Thank you Sherry. I am humbled by your kindness and the generosity of your comments. It is true, knowing that they are together again, does take a bit of the sting out of the loss.... But I still miss him every day, actually I miss both of them every day. I hope that things are getting easier for you and Gary, I am here if you need me. Thanks again

Kristen


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is so beautiful, tears.. I thought of so many of my family there waiting. Thank you. Blessigs. The way you brought in the hill, your Mother, a Marine, amazing poetry....


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@always exploring - Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and for your comments, they are always welcome and appreciated. It is always somehow more special to me when my hubs that are personal get such great response, and this piece is very personal. Thanks again!

Kristen


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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

So very touching K. - I hope that this poem will be forever in your family, much like those we hold dear. I can feel the bond, sadness and hope. Thank you for sharing!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

At ChatKath - Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and for you kind comments. They are like you, always welcome and appreciated.

Thanks Again

Kristen


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Ok K. Burns, once I dry my eyes I'll be able to write...What a Beautiful, Poem, so well written and Expressed...It was so Touching and Moving...Wow, girlfriend...And I must say what a Beautiful Couple your Parents were...I am so Moved.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@ b. Malin - Thank you for your kindness, and I am sorry for making you cry. This piece is special, and one that I can add to my collection of "they just came bursting out of me" poems. I used to think that my parents looked like movie stars from the golden age...actually, I still think so. There is some comfort in knowing that they are together again. Thanks as always for the gift of your time, and your comments, they are welcome and deeply appreciated.

Kristen


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love my yorkies 5 years ago from way out west

What a beaufiful tribute to your parents and your love for them. You will always have your memories and they will live in your heart forever.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@love my yorkies - Thank you so much for the generosity of your time, your kindness, and your gracious comments, they are each of them, welcomed and appreciated.

Kristen


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Kristen,

This was absolutely beautiful. So loving and touching and peaceful. The pics are awesome too. Your life has changed drastically. I understand and hope you are doing well!

Sharyn


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Sharyn's Slant - Hi Sharyn. Thank you so much for your kindness and your concern, they are deeply appreciated. I am doing as well as can be expected, putting one foot in front of the other each day, and moving forward. In time, I know that I will be alright, and there is some comfort in knowing that my dad was at peace and ready to let go. I believe that my parents truly are together again, and there is also comfort in that as well. My dad would say that life is for the living, and that we must go on, and I know that he was right, and so I do and I will....Thank you again

Kristen


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

So glad you found me on hubpages, so that I now can follow you.

The part where your dad sees your mum again running towards him choked me completely.

This was absolutely beautiful.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@ Dim Flaxenwick - Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and for your gracious comments, they are both welcomed and deeply appreciated. We've only just recently lost my dad, he was both mom and dad for almost thirty three years, and I miss him dearly, but there is some comfort believing that somewhere out there, they are together. Thank you again for your lovely comments, and for the follow, and for that beautiful piece of prose that you wrote... It is a stunning piece of work

Kristen


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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

This is so amazing! You expressed yourself so well for something that happened so recently. What a special way to be able to remember you father. This was so touching. I am so glad I came across it! Bless you! May you find comfort.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

What a wonderful story in poetry to your parents and family. It made me feel sad yet happy that your daddy has gone home to be amongst them. Your mom has him finally again by her side. What a beautiful young couple they were and to think they had such beautiful children with having you and your sister. Life is to be lived to the fullest and death to be acknowledged for what it is a reunion with loved ones and a trip to eternity together. You shared this beautifully in your verse.


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Hi Kristen, Sorry for your loss. Your father was a blessed man to have you as his daughter and you to have him as your dad. This tribute will be around a long time to help keep his memory alive. Thank you for sharing with us :)


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Oh! so very, very pretty! You have an amazing talent. This poem moved me very much. My mother and sister are both gone. I look forward to the day when they will be there to meet me. May God bless you! Thank you for sharing this. You are a blessing! I voted up, up and in the hearts of those we love. thank you!


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@homesteadbound - Poetry is unlike anything else that I write, in that it works something like the release valve on a pressure cooker, and when powered by my emotions, it kind of takes on a life of its own, almost without any help from me. Thank you so much for the gift of your time, and your gracious comments, they are both welcomed and appreciated.

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@saddlerider1 - My dad always said that death was a part of life, and that life was for the living and must go on. While I know that they are finally together again, and there is some comfort in that, my heart still aches with the newness of the loss of his presence. I am however thankful for the time with him that was allotted to my children and I when I decided to be his caregiver, and for being allowed the privilege of being with him up until the very last moments....it was those moments, and the smile that graced his face that told me that she was there to meet him and show him the way home. I miss them both very much. Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and for your lovely comments.

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Sunshine 625 - You are very welcome and thank you so much for the generosity of your time and your kindness, they are both welcomed and appreciated. I know there were times when he wasn't to sure about that, I was an awful teenager! But my dad was my rock and my compass and though I know it will get easier in time, I miss him so very much! Thanks again.

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Jo_Goldsmith11 - Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and for the graciousness of your comments, I am humbled by them, the smile on my father's face told me what I had already known, that when he left us, she was there waiting for him, and that they were finally at long last together again. Although I miss both of my parents now with all of my heart, it is kind of hard to feel sad about that aspect of it. Thanks again,

Kristen


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@Jo_Goldsmith11 - Thank you so much for the generosity of your time and for the graciousness of your comments, I am humbled by them, the smile on my father's face told me what I had already known, that when he left us, she was there waiting for him, and that they were finally at long last together again. Although I miss both of my parents now with all of my heart, it is kind of hard to feel sad about that aspect of it. Thanks again,

Kristen


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epigramman 5 years ago

......what a glorious, heartfelt and sincere poetic scapbook of memories - the greatest story ever told - because it belongs to you - and as you know we all have our own greatest stories ever told - my mum and dad were my two best friends and it's better to have loved in this life than not to have loved at all.

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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@epigramman - Thank you dear Epi for your very kind words, and you are right on both counts, it is indeed better to have loved in this life than not to have loved at all, and we do all have our own greatest stories. Just as I am sure that my parents are now together again, I am sure that your own dear mum and dad had their own beautiful reunion. Thank you as ever for your time, your gracious comments, and your friendship and support, all of the above are welcomed and deeply appreciated!

Kristen


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Very nice work. I can't really add to all the comments except to vote this Up and Beautiful.


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California Author

@alocsin - Thank you for the generosity of your time, your gracious comments, and the votes, which are all welcomed and deeply appreceiated.

Kristen


DailyVisionar 4 years ago

Angelic and so touching I almost teared up.


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Taylor Gibbs 16 months ago

It was very difficult to read through, in a good way mind you, but the pictures: timeless beside the words become a pastiche of sad-happy longing that is easily relatable.

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