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Too Fast for Me

For every step my father took,
my short legs took three.
“Daddy, please,” I called to him,
“you walk too fast for me.”

My sister took a husband;
my brother went to sea.
Our father sighed, “Our family time
has been too brief for me.”

As my teen years ended
and college lay before me,
Dad shook his head in sadness,
“It’s all too fast for me.” 

When Mama died, we reminisced
their forty-seven years.
The passing time, the life they shared
were captured in our tears.

And as computers came of age,
Dad watched me surf the net.
“I’d like to learn,” he said to me,
“But I’m not ready yet.”

Then as Dad lay dying, carrying years
that numbered ninety-three,
I could not help but say aloud,
“They went too fast for me.”

* I wrote this poem on the way to my father’s funeral.  I wanted to read it aloud as a tribute, but my sister said the rhyme made it sound too amateurish.  She has her PhD in Literature, so I didn’t argue.  I should have.


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  1. Date: 10/22/2014 1:12:00 PM

    ah such a heart touching deep beautiful pen carlyon truly bless you
  1. Date: 10/22/2014 10:49:00 AM

    Dear Carolyn... Heart trumps arrogant education! I love the tribute to your dad! Have it written in calligraphy and framed! 7x7 Hugs, chuck
  1. Date: 10/22/2014 9:57:00 AM

    So sweet a poem Carolyn. What can be more valuable tribute to a father than his daughter's poem. Regards to your demised father. He was a wonderful man beyond doubt. HUGS!--------Rajat
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 6:51:00 PM

    DANG it, you let your sister say that?? OH MY, this was SO GOOD. THis is what people want to hear. NOt some high brow "literature" at the funeral of a man who likely was as down to earth as this poem is. I love this, Carolyn.
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 4:41:00 PM

    Good one..You will always have it to cherish and I am sure that your dad knows of your gift..Thanks for the visit to my page..My mother became the best cook even when times were hard and they were for them for a very long time (meaning inadequate ingredients but she always managed to make things taste and look good with limited resources)..Sara
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 3:55:00 PM

    Great. stuff, Carolyn. At 85 I feel the same way. Where did all the years go? They went fast! Love, daver
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 3:05:00 PM

    This is not amateurish at all, Carolyn; the feelings you transmit in these lines have the ability to touch the heart...the fast passage of time and the reminder of what could have been said and done will always remain with us. hugs // paul
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 2:47:00 PM

    I have to disagree with your sister, tributes are from the heart how well they are written is irrelevant, sometimes brains can overwhelm common sense.. no offense my poetic friend..just my thoughts
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 2:37:00 PM

    Yes, how time passes through its way we can't feel but after its passing we see changes in everything and in every being. Genius philosophy depicted practically beautifully. Loved always, my lovely friend,bl
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 2:27:00 PM

    You should always try and follow your heart Carolyn - it is written with love from a wonderful daughter and is an amazing tribute. You have inspired me - I intend to write one for my father:-( Hugs Jan xxx
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 2:26:00 PM

    Yes you should of. This is so beautiful Carolyn. The good thing is your father knew you wrote it. The years go to fast every time we fall in love with anyone. Your poem brings out emotions we can all feel in our hearts and I thank you for sharing this with us.
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 2:16:00 PM

    Maybe you should have. Oh my dear friend Carol, so really sorry about your daddy, your loss. I love your poem, and it's so nice and sweet and have to disagree with your sis. Your sisters opinion is hers but you have yours too and much important like hers, diplomats, degrees or whatever she may have.hey your daddy must know you wrote this for himand must be proud of you and smiling at youfrom heaven. :) Love and lots of hugs from me to you! Take care! xxx D.
  1. Date: 10/21/2014 2:12:00 PM

    It is beautiful Carolyn...My condolences....hugs and love Tim