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They Grey Hue of Love.

Updated on June 19, 2011

The Beauty of the Rainbow.



Sitting, gazing at the rainbow's end, imagining a crook of gold.

Stephanie allowed her self to indulge, in the stories that her father had told.

From an early age she had known, that her dad had been a hero,

He had never fought in the war, held a weapon or visited Ground Zero.

Much more than that, Stephanie's dad, had so much wisdom,

He spoke the truth, he did not drink and his kindness never left them.

The colour grey, he often said, was an indecisive moment,

whilst the colour red, being rich and warm, was a treasure of achievement.

Yellow was the dawn of day,smiling, bright and happy all the way,

Pink was the sky at night,with too many stories that could say,

and tell of purple moments in his mind, waiting for the opening of eyes,

Whilst green was the serenity, from my mothers eyes that had often lied.

Orange was the anger he felt, when life was so harsh, so unkind.

Blue the only colour of the rainbow left was the space within his heart.

For Dad had loved and forgiven all our faults, always cherised and never did regret.

All those colours of the rainbow, that he shared whilst I sat upon his knee,

before he went upstairs. and told my mother of his love, this he did freely.

He cherished his little girl, no one ever doubted that,

but the price he paid for the attention he gave, was never attributed to my Dad!

Stan was never my Dad, he was my mother's foster brother, but his love knew no measure and was limitless.My life is saddened by his loss, but the memories that I treasure will be with me forever.

Is a paternal father the best dad?

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      MysteriousOne 6 years ago

      Hello,Ms.bluestar....that was such a touching tribute! Very kind and heart-felt write.Thank you for sharing and hope you are well!

      Have a great day!


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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      A 'real' dad doesn't have to be a blood relative, even. A person who is a good guy, cares about kids and shows caring and love is what a 'real' parent is. We Social Workers call them the 'psychological parent' a person a child feels close to. Great hub, my Dear.

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Darling epi, thank you so much for the lovely comment. Where would I be without your sunshine in my life? I hope you are keeping well, and wish you a great day. x

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ..well my majestic Blue Star you are my poetic pot of gold at the end of my rainbow - and you always capture my heart and mind with your wonderous writing style and this heartfelt and loving tribute which speaks not just of your 'Stan' but also of someone else very special - you!!!!!! 7:17am Lake Erie - the light of day came up over the lake and my first cup of coffee - with you!

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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you everybody for your lovely comments. Stan was a very special man indeed. I can still, after 10 years smell his presence and feel his comforting hug. My son Craig, also misses him, he was 13 when Stan passed away and in Craig's eyes Stan will always be his Granda.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Another Beautiful, Heartfelt Tribute to someone who meant so much in your Life, Bluestar, He would be so Proud of you and your Wonderful Poem to him. So Happy to see Denise and the way she found you, a big Thank you to her!

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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Beautiful poem, I still think of my father almost every day, he's been gone since I was 15. My, how time flies.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Happy to have found you through b.malin's poetry. Touched by this poem-one day after the U.S. Father's Day recognition. My children would quite agree with your poll-they had a biological father and a step-DAD.

      Voted up/awesome and beautiful. Thanks for such a lovely poem this Monday morning.

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      Motown2Chitown 6 years ago

      Beautiful, Annette! Every great man who has ever been a father-figure to any of us deserves such a tribute as this one. You did him justice and paid him tribute in a beautiful and tender way. :-)

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      attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

      A father figure is a role most men have to play one way or another and not always to their own children. Your poem is rich in wisdom and gratitude, priceless assets. Cheers

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago

      I love LOVE LOVE rainbows.....and this was a pretty story with all the colors..also nice father's day ...Happy Father's Day to all! And to your dad....My dad was in the ER today but he's fine now.


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      Annette Donaldson 6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you Cardisa, if I only had your talent for poetry! I try but it is not my true friend. I can not do justice to the words in my head, but I intend to keep trying. Thank you for the encouraging words. x

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      A wonderful tribute especially on father's day. I love the way Stephanie thought of her dad as a hero. I just adore this poem..Love, love love it!