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(from an adopted child)

Hi Dad,
You left so suddenly, without a word,
no time to say our goodbyes.
Somehow it was alright because I was sure
you knew how much you meant to me.
The anguish I felt after you were gone finally
replaced with wonderful memories
that live in my thoughts.
I’ll miss you forever.

You were the finest example of what
the word “father” means.
My biggest cheerleader and my harshest critic
you balanced the two beautifully.
Never needing to explain why
your shoulder was always there 
for me to lean on, 
your support unconditional,
 I miss your strength.

I often reflect moments you and I shared,
you, with your dry English humor,
our excitement over a good game of hockey
how we both loved the smell of carnations,
our mutual fear of spiders.

The times I disappointed you, you never let it show.
You stood behind me, through everything and anything.
You remain today, the most influential,
inspiring man in my life.

How we laughed….we did a lot of that
when others commented I  had your smile, your eyes.
You were fun.
You were home.
Your humor, wit, gentleness and generosity was infectious,
and made you the unforgettable person that you were.

Fortune made us father and daughter
our bond was sealed, not by birth
 but better yet by choice
and you know, Dad,
I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.


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  1. Date: 9/26/2014 10:01:00 PM

    Very emotive heartfelt write Liz! Loved much! Congrats on big win!
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 9:43:00 PM

    Congratulations. Please stop by the blog on the Free Verse Poem and thank you for entering my contest. I enjoyed your write. God bless you and Love and prayers, Gina
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 7:11:00 PM

    I had to come back and read this again, I loved it that much.
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 7:07:00 PM

    what a tender heartfelt write - you were so so lucky to have such an incredible adopted father who treated you as his own got happy tears here:-) many congrats on your win. hugs jan xxx
  1. Date: 9/26/2014 5:04:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win with this very beautiful poem. So touching and from the heart.
  1. Date: 9/25/2014 2:57:00 PM

    This is a splendid tribute Liz. Very thoughtful. Love shine through. Jim