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My Last Goodbye

As I reflect upon my life, it scares me in a way
For, my condescending attitude was never okay.

Once a strong, brave soldier, I never contemplated fear
Nether did I comprehend a real man could shed a tear.

My children, how I loved you, but this I couldn’t show
Now, as I lay here dying, you still may never know.

I’m sorry, my dear children, for not always being there
I knew you had your mother, but that didn’t make it fair

It’s not that I was an awful man; for, I performed good deeds too
But, they were in between the harshness and often misconstrued

Once indestructible, I’ve now been dropped down to my knees
Now, it’s I with supplications, demandings and pleas.

Please don’t feel sorry for the pains I now endure
For, God has granted me repentance, this you can be sure.

I will cross into love rather than a bleak, black hole
My purgatory’s been erased, I’m paying now in full

Please learn to fathom that though you see tears in my eyes
I’m ever growing stronger and preparing for my demise 

Now as I say my last goodbye, I want to let you know
I truly loved each one of you though you didn’t believe it so

And as I breathe my last breaths, please always understand
It was being your father that made me into a man.


Dedicated to my friend, Mimi, as her father passed away.

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  1. Date: 11/2/2010 4:36:00 PM
    the last line was so powerful. this was a very deep and impacting write, well penned kimberly. --Madison

  1. Date: 10/18/2010 12:56:00 PM
    ir eally like this poem because its in a simple format ,but when you begin to read its gives you a lot of understanding from one word

  1. Date: 8/14/2010 2:24:00 PM
    What a great write. It says so much in such few words. Keep the pen flowing. Dan C ps. Thanks for your comments on my work.

  1. Date: 5/18/2010 11:00:00 AM
    An Awesome Write Kimberly.....Larry

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 6:44:00 AM
    Beautiful poem Kimberly, and a lovely dedication. Many congratulations on your win in Nathan's fine contest >> James

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 6:19:00 PM
    Really nice, though sad, read. Intriguing exploration.

  1. Date: 5/8/2010 4:10:00 PM
    Confrats on your HM in Nathan's contest.. a wonderful honor for a wonderful write..luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 5/4/2010 7:00:00 PM
    What a beautiful way to interpret a last goodbye. I can only imagine that thought comes with such confusions and angst--with so many things going left unsaid. Thoughtful write, Kimberly.

  1. Date: 5/3/2010 7:16:00 AM

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 9:47:00 PM
    So many men are this way, at least the "old fashioned ones" of my mom's generation, many with great hearts, too bad they learned too late how to really be that "man" But I like how you ended with the hopeful note! Very nice. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 9:19:00 PM
    A very nice write and great dedication to your friend. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your comments on mine today. Best wishes, Caroline.

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 7:17:00 PM
    I noticed a comment below asking if you entered this in Nathan Dilts contest. I realize a contest might be too trivial for such a personal, deep topic, but in the end it could be a good idea. I really like the last line; it ties together the poem perfectly. Chris.

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 4:11:00 PM
    Kimberly this is an excellent piece of poetry.. did u enter it in Nathan's contest The Opposite Sex as i6 fits perfectly... a very touching write and thankxxx for your kind comments on my poetry today.. luv from the "Sweetheart" .. just posted a new blog if u care to comment....

  1. Date: 5/1/2010 3:57:00 PM
    amen, not much to say, touching and deep, well written thanks for sharring. Judy riley