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October Whispers-Poem for my Dad

Updated on October 31, 2016

My Precious Father

Dad and I goofing around
Dad and I goofing around | Source

Missing you Father


October whispers your spirit to me

through colorful leaves that fall from the tree

October wind whispers your fatherly love

and the day your soul left to meet God above

October brings memories of the three musketeers

and the special bond we shared throughout the years

October beauty is how you played mom and dad

to help your kids flourish and not be so sad

October-Autumnal, symbolic of end

will forever remind me of you, my best friend


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This poem was written and dedicated to my late father. He was a mother, father, friend and confidante to me. He raised five children after my mother passed away at a young age. He will forever be in my heart and soul.

Dad passed away at 74 years old from complications of emphysema. He died on October 11, 1997, just three months before he was to meet his newest granddaughter, Ellie Arne. It's hard to believe he has been gone for so many years. I never thought I would get beyond the grief, but time and faith that he was still watching over me, got me through it. I will miss him everyday and know I will be reunited with him when it is my time to leave this earth.

Love you dad-Your daughter Linda





© 2010 Linda Rogers

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Peggy-Happy birthday to your dad today:) I am glad that the gang is in heaven together. I'm sure they joyfully watch over you from the heavenly realm. I too have one brother and mom and dad watching over me from there. I miss them but I know someday we'll all be together. God Bless:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Ohh Lisa, I know EXACTLY how that feels when your going through something difficult or painful and you just want your dad. My dad was always my rock and my shelter. When life was getting me down I ended up going to dad's and usually sleeping over. He would have me so full of his love that the difficult issue didn't seem so bad anymore. Nineteen is so young to lose a parent. I lost my mom at nine so I too know how hard it is. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I hear someone bitching about their parent. I always speak up and tell them they are blessed to have a parent and some day they will get it.

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    Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

    January 31st...the day I am reading this was my dad's birthday. He was a wonderful and loving father. Sounds a lot like your dad. My mother, also my best friend, just died a year ago in January. I am happy that they (and my brothers) can all be reunited in heaven now...but I miss them so.

    Really wonderful tribute to your dad!

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    Lisa Stover 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

    My father died when I was 19 years old and not one day goes by that I do not wish that he were still here. Esp. When times are hard and I just want to give up I wish that I could run to him and tell him all about it because I know that he would make it all better. I did not have the best family but my dad was always there for me. I couldn't of dreamed of a better dad, and I miss him so much. Thanks for sharing your pain with all of us who always experience it too.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you so much Fossillady. I miss my father so:(

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    Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

    You made me cry with that beautiful tribute to your dear dad!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    You are so welcome penny. I love poetry to heal my wounds. Thanks for coming by my hub:)

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    pennyofheaven 6 years ago from New Zealand

    Beautiful Poem! Thank you!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    OHH, thank you itakins for your sweet words. I sure miss my parents but I know their with me in spirit. God Bless:)

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    itakins 6 years ago from Irl

    Your love shines through-what a blessing to have good parents- and for parents to have grateful ,loving kids:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    deepthought-Your words are really loving and comforting. Thanks so much for reading my dad tribute. God Bless:)

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    Deep 6 years ago from In the middle of nowhere and worldwide but still that T.O.kid from da north of America

    Let raise our glasses to this loving tribute and memoir of a dad, father, and man, who did not run from his

    responsibility of five mouths to feed, may he look down on all in peace....

    Thanks minnetonka twin for your comment and words on my hub

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi you suggest one-I thank God for all the great memories of dad. So many great times. Bless you for stopping by and reading my tribute:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi wilderness. Losing a parent is such a hard thing. I miss so much about dad, like the phone call every night he made to me to say good night. The missing never goes away but I am glad I got through the hard part of the grief. Thanks for reading my tribute and reminded you of your father. God Bless:)

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    you suggest one 6 years ago from NOTTINGHAM ENGLAND

    a wonderful poem filled love and memories,he must have been a wonderful man,such memories never fade,you take care.

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    Dan Harmon 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

    It has been 15 years since my father left us, and I still miss him and wish I could have spent more time with him.

    A poem in remembrance, and it causes me to once more think of my own Dad. Thank you.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    So sorry to hear of your losses. We unfortunately have that in common. I lost mom, dad and a brother who was a year older than me. I miss them all. Thanks so much for reading my poem:)

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    pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

    My father and I did not have a healthy relationship from my teen years on, but I still miss him after his death. My brother died this month 2 years ago so your poem hits home. Very well done.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Dear Colin-What an incredible man your dad was to write 70+ novels. That is such an amazing achievement. You were blessed to be able to say your parents were your best friends. Not everyone can say that. I am glad you have such wonderful memories of your mom and dad. When I hear people complaining about their parents, I always make sure to remind them how much they will miss them when their gone. Thanks for visiting friend and sharing your memories of mom and dad with me:)

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    epigramman 6 years ago

    ..well I am who I am because of my mum and dad - my two best friends - my dad died in 1992 from cancer and my mum in 2004 from old age .....my dad was a canadian soldier for six years during World War II and when he returned to civilian life he wrote over 70 novels - none were ever published but still quite an achievement and his legacy will be that of a wonderful father and husband.

    So you can see that I am sincerely moved by your hub tribute - god bless both you (your sister) and your father!!!!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Denizee-Thanks so much for reading my poem to dad. I really appreciate your support and love seeing a new hubber friend.

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    Denizee 6 years ago

    Beautiful poem, so heartfelt and full of emotion. Thank you for sharing it and I hope to read much more of your work.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Wow Pollyannalana-That is so sad and shocking. What are the odds. May we all keep memories of our passed loved ones to help us continue on in peace. Thanks for sharing that story Polly. God Bless:)

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    Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

    Beautiful tribute. October was my Mom and Dads Anniversary month and on their day to celebrate my oldest brother fell dead in their yard standing talking to them while they sat on their porch swing waiting for all to go to their party. Mom always said it was a bad luck month and it seemed to be. Probably not a day goes by I don't think of all my lost loved ones.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    God Bless you erthfrend for your lovely, warm words. Today, October 11 is the day he passed away twelve years ago. Wow, do I miss him. Thanks so much for being here on an anniversary date that can be really hard. Mostly, I just relive the great times I had with him. Peace:)

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    erthfrend 6 years ago from Florida

    This poem brought tears to my eyes..so beautifully written, so special, so meaningful. Your Dad would truly be proud : )

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    OOHH Amy, thanks for sharing this. I am so glad you got the gift of seeing your dad before he passed. I am sure God set that up so his passing would be a little easier. I think it's beautiful that he died doing something he loved. Your dad and my dad are both definitely watching over us. I am glad you thought of dad when you read this. Thanks so much for coming by. I love seeing a new hubber friend here. Blessings Amy:)

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    Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I lost my dad in September, 7 years ago. He died quietly and quickly after working in the yard all day, which he loved. He had a massive bleed at his brainstem. We were estranged, he and my mom, didn't like my ex, but about 2-months before he passed, I went to see them and it was beautiful. My dad hugged me and told me not to stay away and that he loved me. First and last time I heard those words from him. I feel his presence now, with me, looking over me. Thank you for your beautiful tribute as it reminds me of my love for my dad also.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi colordelics-So excited to see a new friend on one of my hubs. Thanks so much for reading :)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi carolina-Thanks so much friend for reading this. I always love hearing from you:)

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    colordelics 6 years ago

    Lovely thoughts, thank you!

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    carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    A sweet tribute !!!!

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi always exploring. Thank you for stopping in and reading my poem to dad. Have a super weekend:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks dallas. I appreciate you coming by and commenting on my poem.

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

    So very beautiful, thank you.

    Cheers

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    Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    Heartfelt. Great words that had emotional resonance.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    UlrikeGrace-What a beautiful thing to say and good reminder that our father's here are a glimpse of the holy father. I was blessed to have a dad who loved me so much. He had his challenges but worked through them and made sure his kids knew he loved us. That is all that really matters is knowing they loved us before they leave. We did alot of healing when he went into recovery for alcoholism. God is good:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks so much saleheensblog. I sure hope he is proud and so sweet of you to say. peace:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thank you Lilly for your sweet words to me. I get so homesick for dad in October as he died on the 11th and I flood with memories. Love being on hubpages so I can write my memories and thoughts of him. It was really healing to write this and put a picture on of him. This pic was him at my twin sisters wedding. He's so cute!! Thanks for coming by and commenting, it really feels good. :)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi my sweet friend Nellieanna. OOHH, sorry if I made you cry but how about we cry together. It is always so healing for me when I write or talk about my dad. He is Forever in my heart. I have a lot more to do here on earth but the bible says that we will all be together in what seems a blink of the eye. What a reunion I will have. Mom, Dad, Brother David and many friends and relatives. God Bless you Nellieanna for coming by and saying hi. I consider you and others here on hubpages as family and we all need family and connection. :)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi justom-Wow, your dad has been gone for awhile too-Amazing how we get through it and move on but it isn't always easy. How I miss my dad who was always such a cheerleader for me and I always knew he was there when I needed him. Happy Birthday to your dad soon-Maybe you can do a hub about him???HMMM-I shall watch for it. Thanks for taking time out to read my poem and comment. It means so much and does help the homesickness. :)Oh, and my dad made it to almost 75. Good genes in your family.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi lifegate. Thanks for your warm words. It helps so much knowing he is watching over me when I get really homesick for him. He, Laura and I had an incredibly deep connection. Oh, the fun we had too:) Thanks for visiting me friend.

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for the nice compliment vv68. I think of my dad so often and miss his strong and supportive presence in my life. Thanks for reading my poem, it means a lot to me:)

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi Quill-You are so right that not everyone has good memories of their dad-So sad:( and yes, here is to our memories of our fathers. Thanks so much for reading this Quill.

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    UlrikeGrace 6 years ago from Canada

    Beautiful words and tribute to a father that blessed your soul. Thanks for sharing him with us, your readers...especially those that have not had this experience...they need to hear from those who have...it gives a vicarious glimpse of what our Father in heaven looks like...bless you...Ulrike Grace

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    saleheensblog 6 years ago from Dhaka,Bangladesh

    your father will be proud of you from the heaven, nice work.

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    Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

    Thank you for the wonderful Memorial to your Father. You are a good Writer and the deeper from your Heart, the greater the impact on your Readers...

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    Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

    Brings tears to my eyes, Minnetonka. I loved my dad so much too. Thanks for sharing yours!

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    justom 6 years ago from 41042

    Beautiful poem, my dad's been gone for 10 years and his birthday is in 8 days so this one gave me a nice reflection. He made it to 91, God bless him. Peace!! Tom

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    William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

    MT,

    Memories aren't the same, I know, but your Dad will forever be with you. Bless you. Nice writing, too!

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    vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

    This is a beautifully written Poem. The memories is something we all enjoy and dwell on from time to time. A great tribute to your father.

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    vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

    This is a beautifully written Poem. The memories is something we all enjoy and dwell on from time to time. A great tribute to your father.

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    "Quill" 6 years ago

    Thanks for the wonderful poem and the memories you have awoken in me of my Dad, wonderful we are able to look back and be blessed by such great fathers in comparison to some we hear about.

    Blessings

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    OOOHH, thanks for reading my poem jim-He was the coolest, sweetest guy you could ever meet. He was a walking, talking, Love Fest. Thanks for all your support here jim, it means a lot:)

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    TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

    He must have been really special. I'm sure he still is, and I bet he's looking down and feeling awfully proud of his two girls. Beautiful poem.

    jim

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    Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

    Hi sis-Can you believe it's been twelve years since our wonderful dad has been gone. Oh how I miss the deep talks and times we had with him. Thought a hub on dad in October would be healing for the soul. I tend to get so homesick for him, even more than usual during this month. Here's to the three musketeers!:)

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    Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

    MT- How I miss our beautiful, father. Nice poem of our close relationship.