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Poetry: You Are Forever In My Heart

Updated on March 3, 2012

You are forever in my heart

A place deep inside my soul

Even though you are now gone

I will never let you go

You never had it easy

Life brought struggle, tears, and pain

Even so, you were always my shelter

From the storm, the wind, and rain

Daddy you are now in peace

With grandma and your dad

You are finally home

Although it makes me sad

Just to know your not alone

That your with loved ones and friends

That there is no more suffering

Now your happiness can begin

I will always love you daddy

For as long as I live

To have you back here with us

There is nothing I wouldn't give

Although I let you go today

You will never leave

Til the day I die

You will always live within me

So thank you for everything

You will truly be missed

Until we meet again

I give you one last kiss

I know you just want us to be happy

So I go on with a smile

You are forever in my heart

You made my life well worthwhile

This poem is dedicated to Brian McNeely, Heather McNeely, Ashile(Hale) McNeely, Holly McNeely, Crystal McNeely, and the rest of the McNeely family. This poem is also dedicated to Charles "Pig" McNeely Jr. I first met Pig nearly 10 years ago. Ashlie, my wife, was the youngest daughter and you know how daddy's are about their baby girl. Pig was like a dad to me and I know I had his blessing with Ashlie. He knew and understood me, loved me like I was his own son. The past two months have been hard for the entire family. Pig passed away this morning, two months after he was diagnosed with fourth stage cancer. I know he had been suffering long before he was diagnosed. Pig was a tough old bird, tough as they come. Anyone that knows him can vouch for that. Pig went through a lot this past year. To Brian, Heather, Holly, and Crystal, I love you all. I have always looked at you all as my brother and sisters. I am so sorry for your loss. Alma Joe, may God watch over you my dear. I know you have went through a lot Grandma. I love you. Dochie, you were Pig's love. There is no Pig without you. You will always be considered family and we love you. I pray that God watches over you all. The grandchildren will know who their grandpa was. May God heal your heart, not while we grieve in death, but while we grieve in celebration of his life.

When I talked to my wife, she told me what Pig was saying before he passed. Pig was his nickname and what everyone called him, just to clarify. Pig was talking about going home. My wife thought that he still believed that he was in the hospital. He had just came home Thursday night. Pig then began to mention his dad and grandma, who both have already passed away. He kept saying, "no grandma, no, no". He saw his grandma this morning before he passed away. He tried his best to fight against sleeping, but he couldn't do it anymore. Every time he saw a light, he mentioned going home. I only mention this because I know he saw his grandma this morning. It gives me comfort knowing that he is not alone. This is just another powerful example of why I believe in God. Pig, I love you and always will dad. Until we meet again...


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    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Heaven, thank you very much for your kind words. Your absolutely right, the heart always shines through. I appreciate it very very much. Thanks and see you soon.

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      Heaven L Burkes 

      6 years ago from The Invincible Heart of Neverland

      This is really wonderful. You can see into a person's heart through their writing. It's an amazing thing! Thank you for sharing your heart. Though it was awhile back, sending heartfelt condolences. We never stop missing them. :) Voted Up and Awesome, Beautiful!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Bill, thanks for taking the time to read this. I appreciate your kind writing. I agree, it doesn't get better then writing from the heart.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Look at the comments! I have very little to add to those....this was simply beautiful. My kind of writing...from the heart....deep emotions...loved it.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Rajan, thanks for taking the time to read it and comment. Thanks for your kind words. It has been real hard, especially for my wife. She gets worse and worse with each passing day. Yes, he is around. I know this for a fact. My little girl actually has seen him, she is 3. She will yell out, "pa pa Pig", which is his nickname. That is special and a comfort. From my heart Rajan, thank you very much for this wonderful comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very beautiful tribute and it comes from deep inside of a heart which really cares. I'm sorry about your loss you and the family suffered but knowing your dad was in the company of his loved ones when he passed away is satisfying.

      God bless you all.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Oceansider, thanks so much for your kind words. I agree, we will all see each other on the other side. So sorry about your mother, I know it is hard. Thanks for everything Helen. Take care.

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      6 years ago

      Your poetry is a beautiful tribute to your dad. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!..I am so sorry for your loss!...but you will be together again in heaven! My mom passed away two and a half years ago now. I miss her so much, but I do believe I'll see her again when Jesus Christ, my God and Savior calls me home.

      This was very lovely poetry in honor of your dad. God bless you, Helen

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Mwilliams, thank you so much for your kind words. My wife and I thank you very much.

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      6 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Beautiful yet heartbreaking. I'm so very sorry for your loss lyricwriter. I can think of no lovelier way to honor your "dad".

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      PDX, thanks for your kind words my friend. It is greatly appreciated.

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      Justin W Price 

      6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      so sorry for your loss. Beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing your heart and your pictures. My love and prayers to your wife and all of Pig's family

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      *Eliza, thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. I appreciate your kind words.

      *Audrey, always good to hear from you my friend. Thank you for your kindness.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      warm and tender write--your love shines through every line--

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      Lisa McKnight 

      6 years ago from London

      This is a lovely poem and tribute to Brian. Thanks for writing something so moving. I'm sorry for your loss.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks again Ann, HBN, and Sueswan. I appreciate your support in these hard times.

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      6 years ago

      Hi Lyricwriter,

      Your beautiful tribute to Pig deeply moved me. My prayers and condolences to all your family.

      Voted up and away!

      God bless and take care


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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      Your loving tribute to Pig touched my heart so much. It is clear from your poem, and also the photos that he was surrounded by love during his last days and was assisted over to the other side by his dad and grandma.

      I'm glad your wife will be able to share her grief with you as you both adjust to his being gone.

      May God Bless You and the whole family at this difficult time.

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      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Hi lyric...I just wrote a country song, like you, check it out.

    • thelyricwriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Thank you Alastar, Deepak, and Eddy for your kind words. It is greatly appreciated. God bless you all.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much for this warmhearted and wonderful tribute.

      Take care my friend and i vote up.

      Great work and I wish you a wonderful friend.


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      6 years ago from Jaipur

      Such a warm and nice poem...I love my dad...and i pray he live a long life.

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      Alastar Packer 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      Grandma came to help Pig over. Condolences to you and the family lyric. Your tributes one from the heart which are always the best.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      Wow, thank you all so so much. My wife and I thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. All of you have been so grateful and helpful with your kind words, support, and gratitude. I have always considered you all friends. We all have a bond, online or not. We have bonds as fellow writers and our life is reflected in our writing and work. God Bless you all and thanks for all your support in our time of need.



















      Thank you God for giving me the chance to meet very special friends. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a very beautiful poem and tribute for pig, I am so sorry for your loss.

      I send my best wishes to you Ricky and your family and I am sure pig must be so proud of you and your wonderful writing. Lesley

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      My friend when the tears clear I'll be able to say voted up, awesome and beautiful. Such a lovely tribute. Glad there was someone at the end of the tunnel waiting for him. I'm sure he's right near all of you, swinging on a star above and having a great time. May God bless and keep him until your all together again.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      6 years ago from Great Britain

      Well done for expressing such feelings here. Your dad would be proud of you. I wish you and all your family well for the future....

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      "He shines his light down on" you...I can feel it...May he rest in peace and you always carry him in your Heart...My Prayers to you for strength always in HIS name...:O) Hugs G-Ma

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      my goodness.. i dont know what to say but i feel numb.. and my heart does go out to you

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is such a beautiful poem you wrote for pig, and I'm sure grandma and he are smiling from above. So sorry for your loss, may God bless you and your family .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      6 years ago from Northwest Indiana

      Beautiful tribute to a loved one. Memories carry us pass the hurt of losing a precious family member, love keeps those cherished memories alive, faith gives us the peace of knowing we will once again see our loved ones. May God's peace comfort you.

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      6 years ago

      What a beautiful lament. You brought tears to my eyes for I too recently lost my daddy....Thank you so much for sharing

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      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Here brethren is the link to that hub I told you off. A promise is no go unless it's kept.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This is a very heartwarming tribute to a great man. Voted it UP, etc.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is a wonderful tribute and I'm so sorry for your lost. I'm sure the "pig" would be very pleased with your poem. Voting this Up and Beautiful.

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      Karen Silverman 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful poem. period. choked me up. lucky you for having met such a wonderful man. And such a wonderful's quite the handle

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is so heartbreaking, yet beautiful. It is such a wonderful feeling to know a loved one has seen their loved one at their time of death. I have seen this in the hospital..Thank you for sharing..I loved your poetry..God Bless you and the family...

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      6 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      All truths takes me a back but not for long , it just for enjoying the beauty of truth.

      A poem that I am sure you are going to be proud of when you have finished framing it.

      I love the poise in handling this . Like I did the last time I will again soon.

      Someone wrote a beautiful piece about his fathers death.

      Since you are so majestic in understanding, I will now ask that the Most High shower you even more with his blessings and enlighten you with even more understanding.

      My prayers are with you this moment.

      Bless Brethren.

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      6 years ago

      Such a beautiful poem and a tribute to your loved one, it touches me deeply. The person you loved and cared about used to be there with you and around you is no longer there, but he will live forever in your hearts. He continues his journey in another form, for life is eternal...God bless.

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      6 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      this is very heart felt and sad. but pig is in heaven and is very happy that you understand. beautiful words that can only be written with love that comes from within. Thanks for sharing . you are in my prayers.

      Michael/ cleaner3

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      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I haven't seen you for a while, but I saw this and wanted to respond.

      A wonderful response to losing a loved one. Your poem is a gracious tribute to one who has been loved. He leaves behind a treasure in you.

      Ann Davis

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      This is so sad and yet so warm and full of hope! I really dont know what to say other than saying that I am so sorry for your loss. Some people is very special to us and will always be remembered. You wrote a beautiful poem to Pig, thanks for sharing it. Voted up and beautiful,



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