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My Dad

My Dad was Chicagoan.
He would light up a room just like my Mom. 
He loved to fish ! He loved his beer .
He also designed a Octagon home in the 70's 
Built custom by hand . I was very proud of Dad .

Alcohol hit our Family , a curse .
He left my Mom when I was 14 in Illinois.
To renew in California , leaving a trail of tears .
Meeting my step mom , my sisters age .
My 2 sisters they were accepted in her world . 

Not I , I looked too much Like Mom . Told this all my Life . 
She a petite Beauty , RN , real estate Broker .
I did not see why it was wrong to be like mom ?

I moved in with Dad, His new Wife , and 2 sisters 
eventually . All three women were competing for my Father .
I was kicked out at 16 yrs.

Years do pass , you try and accept people places and things .
At the end of Dads life , he was calling me once a week .
I ordered a Engraved Clock for the Fathers day coming.
This was a issue for the Wife and sisters , never invited to his new home , 2 Decades ~My little Brother & I , never wanted .

Dad passed suddenly one sad Spring Day . Not one word from his wife , all 3rd party,  how and when,  Dad Died . being denied the right to his address , even to say goodbye .
Not being able to send my engraved clock . 

 "Dad Passed " received call  from sister whom just stayed a week with me ,  I took her all around the sites here . "1st day I get call , you should come , 2nd Day after , Dad's been cremated already . " It was a lie.

I went anyway , finding the funeral home, the Funeral Director was appalled at the denial displayed.

He insisted I was given 10 minutes alone with Dad , my Birthright to say Goodbye , he was in dismay over the Hostility towards a daughter ~

I get to this room of mean relative's. His sisters , Mine, angry looks , hearing from a Aunt "What is she doing Here ! " I can't give nor reason or rhyme. 

 Shame to you and all that participated that wicked day.
 Are you Glorified with Power?  Denied the right to grieve , 

 Left with no sane answers to give in hatred received by Blood . Some , just Spouses , telling me I had no right to Say Goodbye to my own Father , My DAD .

My Dad wanted me there , I know he did . I love Him and will never forget , his youngest girl whom looked like Mom . I know in my heart and dreams he speaks. 
 We all see when we leave . May God not allow any Son or Daughter to go through such Evil.

Thank-you Poetry Soup for returning my voice .

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  1. Date: 10/17/2013 9:54:00 AM
    Very touching poem. Sadly events like this do happen. I'm sorry :/ . You are very talented. From the first line I was captured and could not stop reading :). Thank you for sharing this with us! I can feel you are a strong person yet kind and understand in all from the imagism of this poem. - Edward

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    Date: 10/17/2013 10:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    That is beautifully written , you have captivated me with the touching response , Thank you my sweet friend ;) we met for a reason , There are no mistakes !
  1. Date: 8/30/2013 3:20:00 PM
    What a horrible thing to do to you, still at least you have learned through their mistakes, and that makes you a better person.Yvette, A very good write....Peter

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    Date: 8/30/2013 4:03:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank-you for reading this long piece ! You help my heart heal ..every time it is read, I love you for this , yvette
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 7:26:00 PM
    Yvette, you have given me a different and healthy perspective on losing my own Dad--I was 18 and he was 41. I felt robbed but we were family. What you went through was evil and you make me feel lucky--but you know what you lost and also what you gained and that you will share with those you love now-----God Bless!

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    Date: 8/26/2013 7:46:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    May God always bless you and your Father is in a beautiful place my friend . sleeping with the Angels until you see him again.
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    Date: 8/26/2013 7:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You have open with eyes closed , that is spiritual. I lost my mom at 18yrs. I understand that robbed feeling , a physic at a college fair , told me "you will loose all your family when you loose your Mother " then you will make a family of your own. Thank-you for validating my feelings , it means a lot to me ..tears in fact , Thankful tears , Yvette
  1. Date: 8/25/2013 5:52:00 PM
    Yvete, it never ceases to amaze me how cruel people can get. Step-mothers are so protective of their own and there seems to be a resentment inherent in a marriage to a spouse with his children. I am thankful not to have had to deal with that until I was much older. Remember all the good things and do not allow bitterness to rule your heart. You will always be special to those who love you. Allan

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    Date: 8/26/2013 8:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You not only bring tears to my eyes , but validated my feelings , so I can let this go with forgiving the best way I can .We all born broken , I try and see the child inside . Thank-you Allan , my new found friend , love, Yvette.
  1. Date: 8/25/2013 12:57:00 PM
    Wow, not much to say here, very powerful and very heart-wrenching. I'm sorry you had to go through it, but I'm happy you have the strength to share it. MC P.S. Very sorry for your loss...

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    Date: 8/25/2013 1:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It is nice to hear you acknowledge this , it is a form of validation , and it makes me a strong woman , through pain and loss , now opening the door for love ;)
  1. Date: 8/25/2013 7:12:00 AM
    Very True, all of this and it makes me mad to read this but it's true and I am so sorry this happened. You don't need any more jaded people attacking you Yvette, you have had enough of that. m

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    Date: 8/25/2013 7:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank-you for being there for me and finding my Father by calling The corner, I will always love you Mark.
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    Date: 8/25/2013 7:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have found a beautiful place where I can speak truth in poetry , some from pain I have went through , I know ..I am not the only one , I tell all survivor's, Take your voice back ..Thanks Mark ;)