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Updated on January 23, 2010


     the big man's dead

Red, orange, gold

     gone...he is gone

gorgeous, simply gorgeous


The sky is on fire

     gone, dead, gone

Get the camera, honey

     he couldn't be gone

Hurry, get the camera!

     he was so strong

I need a picture

     he was so brave

Now, a picture

     he took care of me

Is this a gift?

     he is here

Longest sunset I ever saw

     he is still with me

The bright, beautiful

     my gift from him

Still going, changing

     not separated

How long can it last?

     changed, but not gone

Fading now, night is falling

     he is in my heart

I have the pictures

     he is in my soul

This sunset will stay with me forever

     he will be with me forever


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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your father, K@ri. This was an absolutely beautiful tribute to him. Thank so much for sharing this with all of us.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Sad isn't it, yet beautiful too...I am in the process of losing my mom...anytime now with Alzheimer's Disease and it is so difficult...They may call Hospice in soon...whatever will I do??? My prayers for you...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      (((Kari:))) This is an absolutely beautiful tribute to your Dad. I am sorry about the physical loss of your Dad even if he is with you in spirit. I send you and your family my loving thoughts and hugs.

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      Mit Kroy 7 years ago from Georgia,USA

      Sorry for the loss of your father kari.

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      Sioux Ramos 7 years ago from South Carolina

      K@ri, so sorry for your loss! A beautiful gift you received at his passing, His way of letting you know He is still here. What a beautiful tribute and expression of gratitude intermingled with your sorrow. Blessings to you at this time and going forward.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Hello my dear friend. I can see by the one picture that he indeed was a big man. I am so sorry darling for your loss. Words fail me in times such as these. This is a wonderful tribute to him and you will always be a part of him and he you. Via con dios darlin' and may he bless you alway. Much love honey, Charlie

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      dohn, Thank you, he was and is the "big man" in more ways than one.

      G-Ma, I have read some about your Mom, and I know it will be hard. Just remember energy cannot die...remain open. Energy finds a way. Hugs and love!

      Violet, I know he is with me. My daughter said she talks with him every night. He would not want me to be sad...although I am. I miss him very much, but he is with me. He will always be my heart. Thanks!

      Mit Thank you for your thoughts.

      emohealer, Thank you! The sunset was a beautiful gift...and most unexpected. He remains in my heart...and in my soul, I am blessed!

      ralwus, He certainly was the "big man". More than his height of 6'9"....he was a big man in his heart. He taught me how to love and how to act with others. He always told me that life wasn't fair...and it is not! He was not only a big man, but a great one! You remind me of him. Love and hugs!

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      djp21 7 years ago

      Hey, Kari.

      Love the poem.

      Love you,


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      Haunty 7 years ago from Hungary

      I'm sorry for your loss, Kari. I'm sure that this "big man" was a proud and happy father. :)

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      Gail S 7 years ago

      Thank you Kari - that is a wonderful tribute to Dad. Love you!

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Di, Thanks I love you!

      Haunty, Thank you. He was certainly a great father!

      Gail, The sunset lasted forever...I love you!

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      mamakaren 7 years ago

      My Darling Daughter---I am so blessed by this tribute to Dad, and so glad that you had this experience. He loved you so much---and love never dies. Remember that he is alive in the heavenly dimension, and we will see him again someday. We mourn now, but we'll rejoice with him again someday! I love you. Mom

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      abby wooduce 7 years ago

      I think your tribute should be published in a hospice book. The sunsets can be sunrises for those saying their goodbys.

      what a beautiful memorial. My sincere condolence. Abby

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      Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

      Kari, There are no words... so... ::hugs:: I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. A beautiful tribute.

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      Katrionawrites 7 years ago from Scotland

      Sorry for your loss K@ari, what a beautiful way to remember him. Your poem is truly touching.

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      mpurcell10 7 years ago from Arkansas

      Some of the most beautiful things come from loss. I am sorry you had to lose your dad. My heart goes out to you.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Mom, I love you!

      Abby, Thank you. Sunsets and sunrises have much in common.

      Linda, Hugs back! Thank you.

      Happyontheinside, Thank you! I love him.

      mpurcell, Thank you. The sunset was truly a gift.

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      mega1 7 years ago

      By the time people are grown up and get older you can tell by just looking what kind of people they are - your dad was very very special - a well-balanced man, I can tell - and it explains why you are so special too! xo

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      He would be honored to see this hub! Absolutely beautiful poem & pictures. I can only hope my children would remember me or be inspired enough to leave something this beautiful in my memory.....

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      The Donkey 7 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      That was really cool the way you set it up. Very unique. I'm terribly sorry about your dad, though. I hope you are doing well now.

      You should follow me and read some of my hubs.

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      cousin Mike 7 years ago

      Hey there Kari.....This is such a wonderful thing to do to honor your dad. He was something else at telling stories when he and your mom came to CT to visit.....gonna miss that take care.....

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      mega1, Thank you. He was a very special man.

      Michael, It is how you live and give that brings inspiration to others, and I am sure you are an inspiration to many. Thank you.

      Donkey, Thank you, I am doing OK.

      Mike, Thanks. I miss that too. Take care of yourself!

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I can not say in words so I send hugs with my deepest feelings for your loss of your dad.Just remember the times you did things together and you will feel his strength.I am proud you shared the great bond between you two with fellow hubbers.Have a nice day.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      DREAM ON, Thanks for the hugs and consider yourself hugged back! I do remember and he is with me. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kari,

      So very sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. My mother died in late January of this year also and while I know that she is in a better place, I still miss her so very much as I know you miss your Dad. Your tribute was really lovely. You still have your Mom and your children. Hug them, love them and treasure the time spent with them.

      It is never easy losing a parent. I know. I have lost both of mine plus both of my brothers. Thank heavens for the life after this one. It makes it all bearable.

      Hugs and best wishes.

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      I was missing my dad.So I came to your hub to share your inspiration and bond between you and your dad.I feel like smiling again.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Peggy, I'm very sorry to hear about your Mom. I know you two were so close. Hugs and love back at you.

      DREAM ON, Thank you.

      C.S., Thank you.

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      SweetMocha-Monroe 7 years ago

      K@ri. I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. This was a beautiful tribute. I almost lost my dad last year and I was horrified. Every since, I have these panic attacks because he's not completely out of the woods and every time the phone rings my heart falls to my stomach. My prayer for you is strength. God Bless.

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      k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      SweetMocha-Monroe, Thank You! My prayers are with you also...just remember, our loved ones do live in us forever. Hugs to you!

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      oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

      K@ri. Hi. What a beautiful tribute/poem to your Dad.

      He must have been a very Special Man.

      You will only have to close your eyes and he will be there in every Sunset.

      Thanks for sharing this Poem with us. It really was written with love. :) :)

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      k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California

      Thank you oliversmum! He was a very Special Man. He is with me, but at times I still want more. I miss his voice. Thanks again!

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