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Passing through framed windows like ours, I recall your tales of reckless war and lost friends that burned your innocence at 21... and though you claimed flashes of courage, moist eyes poured vulnerability looking calm, undaunted. We both searched deeply into our souls as a father is to his young daughter, that I wanted to let you know, it was alright; but that mound of shoulders turned away. Down the years as officer and gentleman, Time stole long weeks, absent from your dining chair, leaving me resentful and bitter on hardened sills until you arrive under crawling dock of stars. But in free moments, how you cherished me so; waking my cheeks at 3 am to race the winds, to fly with a shooting neon, laughing with a blue moon. You spoke of faith and honor if life dared a shame, oh mild scent of your arms cuddling my girlish dreams... until off you rode suddenly on heaven’s wheel. I see you through all framed windows like ours, that even if my iced breaths needed you more as small flowers thirsted for rain, my anger was a cry for love’s company... “ I have adored you in moments of distance and nearness, if not always, then for all eternity.” Have I forgotten to open this, my soft, broken sigh? Dad, everything is all right. The Confessional Contest

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  1. Date: 11/6/2014 9:16:00 PM
    I am a father of two sons who always wondered what it would be like to have a daughter. If I ever had one, I would want her to be exactly like you and thanks for your comments about my meat eating poem. Jim Horn

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  1. Date: 8/18/2013 12:37:00 AM
    I am rereading this beauty..and I can see why drake honoured you with a first place.. Through your framed window He will always be there..He lives within you..Hugs..I have misty eyes!

  1. Date: 7/29/2013 3:29:00 PM
    This got me again....tears......and congratulations

  1. Date: 7/28/2013 1:18:00 AM
    Biggest congratulations on your super win here my dear friend! This is really a great and excellent write which deserved its win & i truly love reading it this afternoon. A very touching one which reminds me also of my dad :( I'll also fave this. Thank you so much for sharing and again, many congratulations! love lots and big big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 4:57:00 AM
    Nette this is so beautifully written. Congratulations on your well deserve win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 12:17:00 AM
    Congrats. Nette, its funny how daughters adore their tad's, then are close to their Mam's when a little older.......i adored my tad broke my heart to lose him last year. ........Seren

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 7:11:00 PM
    Mmmnhh...i have 2-daughters i adore, Nette...22 & 25....they are my pumpernickle pies! One lives in my city....we're hiking all day tomorrow in Minnesota forestland (will bring my bowie knife) the other lives in Chi-town and will be listening to you and Drake tues. Nite! I will talk to you then! Jimbo

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 5:02:00 PM
    Congratulations, Nette. This is a beautiful and quite touching poem, much deserving of your win... Jack

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 9:43:00 PM
    Hello Nette, a wonderful poem & entry in The Confessional contest by: Drake. Congratulations on your winning poem. The Confessional

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 6:37:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved win. absolutely breathtaking lines my friend. Astonishing :) Going in my faves

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 4:04:00 PM
    Such a beautiful and touching piece Nette...congratulations on your first place win! love,Deb

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 2:01:00 PM
    wow! Nette, good going in the -The Confessional- contest. CONGRATULATIONS:-) Have yourself a great day. >SKAT<

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 1:08:00 PM
    You might want to change your name to Nette OnCloud9 Absolutely stunning....thank you .....

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 12:02:00 PM
    excellent pen congrats on win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 11:49:00 AM
    Goodness, what a heart can write that a mind can't touch. Out of your repertoire this.....a fav for me and emotional because it hit home in so many ways.

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 10:55:00 AM
    Wow, Nette..this is a true gem! Although this "hole" that our parents leave when they go home can never be mended, we thank God for memories; their spirits are always with us...this is definitely one for my List of Favs. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 9:37:00 AM
    You unhitched the stars in here my friend, your father owned a star, your light was his healing balm, I am sure he is watching you from heaven, so so proud, big congrats, to a rare pearl, ps I Love You" xxx

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 8:52:00 AM
    Nette....father daughter relationships are so precious. I know. This is a beautiful write honoring him.....Congratulations on your win! :)

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 8:44:00 AM
    very nice. congrats. ran