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A clutter of wood and dust and cobwebby corners, And dappled sun shining through dirty windows; On his work table a drawing; a project in progress, And tin cans and jars of nails and screws on shelves. Tools on hooks waiting for hands that will never come, I touch the old tools like they were the finest of lace; And I cannot help thinking, who will want all this, He was a simple man, my father, and I loved him so. His death was fast, no one expected him to leave, In a blink he was gone, and all I have are memories; I linger there with the dust that floats in the sun, And I weep and weep for what I have lost this day. Then, I pick up his pencil and on his paper I write, I write this poem of pain and it is the beginning; The beginning of my writing as an adult with soul, I leave the child, that was me, and become a poet, Today. _________________________ July 21, 1997 Poetry/Free Verse/Dad's Workshop Copyright Protected, ID 1997-714-811-0 All Rights Reserved. Written under Pseudonym Entered in the contest, Celebrating My Fav's, sponsor, Andrea Dietrich First Place ________________________ Entered in the contest, Any Poem, #36 (a poem that placed in one of her past centests) sponsor, Poet Destroyer First Place ________________________ For the contest, A poem written before Poetry Soup, sponsor, Poet Destroyer Fourth Place

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Date: 5/30/2020 9:17:00 PM
This is so very touching and so introspective. A beautiful poem.
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Date: 4/20/2020 7:29:00 AM
O this poem gave me shivers ~ the rite of the child graduating to that hard earned next level of self actualization. Great poem, Constance.
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Date: 4/20/2020 4:49:00 PM
Line, thanks for the nice comment, yes, my fathers parting gift was the gift of inspiration to begin writing again _Constance
Date: 9/8/2016 4:02:00 PM
I too lost my father and went through a similar mix of emotions. A few months later, to my complete surprise, here I am sharing my inward journey online. You clearly write "with soul" and it obviously resonates very, very well.
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Date: 5/1/2016 7:15:00 PM
Broken, Congratulations on your win in Andrea's fave contest. XOX - LINDA
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Date: 5/5/2016 5:55:00 PM
Linda, thanks for the congrats ~
Date: 4/29/2016 3:46:00 PM
My sympathy go out to you at the loss of your father...Enjoyed reading your winning work..Congrats..Sara
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Date: 4/29/2016 9:24:00 PM
Sara, thanks for your compassion and the congrats ~
Date: 4/28/2016 3:16:00 PM
So true and so painfully beautiful.loved it!
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Date: 4/28/2016 3:21:00 PM
Sara, thanks for visiting with the beautiful and love ~~
Date: 4/28/2016 9:36:00 AM
I remember this nostalgic poem! Congrats on being Andrea's fave!
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Date: 4/28/2016 3:22:00 PM
Balveen, yes, I have done well with this poem, thanks for the congrats ~~
Date: 4/27/2016 1:39:00 PM
This is an outstanding creation. You briefly describe your dad's workshop. A great read today................with love
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Date: 4/27/2016 6:54:00 PM
MD, thanks for visiting, my Dad loved that workshop, it was his second home, full of Mom's coffee mugs, she would say to him, "bring back my mugs!" thanks for the love ...
Date: 4/27/2016 11:43:00 AM
wonderful memories - really brought a lump to my throat :-) many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 4/27/2016 6:55:00 PM
Jan, thanks for the wonderful and the congrats... I still have some of my Dad's drawings of projects, and even some of his tools, hugs back ~
Date: 4/27/2016 10:56:00 AM
wow lady...amazing just amazing..I can see why its a fave! Congrats :)-luloo
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Date: 4/27/2016 6:55:00 PM
Laura, thanks for the wow and amazing and the congrats !!!
Date: 3/17/2016 9:24:00 PM
I'm not prone to crying but let me say, the innocence of this, the pure and simple love you had for your father has really got me...I can see his tools and shop in my mind, along with the dust that floats in the sun and can feel the loneliness of touching his tools. wow. This is just so lovely and nostalgic..
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Date: 3/17/2016 9:27:00 PM
Shaunda, thank you for that beautiful compassionate comment, oh yes I loved my father very much, the gift he left me is the gift of writing, an hour after his death, I wrote my first real poem...and have never stopped ....
Date: 3/15/2016 8:05:00 AM
Congrats BW, for your well, deserved WIN in the contest!!! I love the desert photo ;-)
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Date: 3/15/2016 2:03:00 PM
Teddy, thanks for visiting with the congrats and the compliment on my photo choice ~
Date: 3/13/2016 1:08:00 PM
Beautiful piece, congratulations and condolences. Peace be with you
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Date: 3/13/2016 4:49:00 PM
Charlie, thanks for visiting my poem with the beautiful and the congratulations and the compassion, appreciate !
Date: 3/13/2016 12:28:00 PM
Excellent and congrats! Sorry for your loss.
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Date: 3/13/2016 4:55:00 PM
Susan, thanks for the excellent and the congrats and the compassion !
Date: 3/13/2016 10:40:00 AM
Way to go Contance, congrats on your top spot!
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Date: 3/13/2016 5:55:00 PM
Richard, thanks for the compliment and the congrats, appreciate !
Date: 3/13/2016 10:04:00 AM
Broken Wing, Congratulations on your awesome win. Thank you so much for supporting my contest. Stop by my blog "LAST CALL" if you like. ((( note from MEakaPD Thank you ALL for waiting and chilling, while I sat on the sideline. Since March 1st, I moved to the 4th largest city in the USA (by population.) One of the hardest decisions EVER-EVER!!! I will keep short on my visits until April 1st. After that, there's no holding me back LOL -unless God has other plans. Always & Forever ~LINDA~
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Date: 3/13/2016 7:13:00 PM
Linda, thanks for another great contest and for my wonderful placement, appreciate !
Date: 3/13/2016 9:52:00 AM
Hi Broken Wings, Wow, congratulations on yet another outright win in a contest. Well deserved, as this is a very poignant piece, every word infused with imagery and heartfelt emotion. Some wise person once told me that a poet must suffer to be good. Like all fine art, poems such as this will live much longer than us frail mortals. Cheers, Brian
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Date: 3/13/2016 7:30:00 PM
Brian, thanks for the wow and the congratulations and the wonderful comment, appreciate so much ~
Date: 2/26/2016 4:42:00 PM
Hi Broken Wings. Congrats on your placement. I must say that, having read three poems of yours over the last few minutes, I must now cease. "I'm loving it", but my eyes are drawing too many tears. I must take a break. Hugs and much "Agape Love" my friend.
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Date: 2/27/2016 7:59:00 AM
Curtis, oh thank you so much for visiting my older poems, this was the first real poem I wrote and it was written an hour after my fathers death, and now I know which poem to select for PD's contest, any poem that placed in one of her contests in the past, this is it, no other could ever be the one... I think God himself sent you to me today.
Date: 10/19/2015 11:42:00 PM
A sweet win, Broken... SKAT
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Date: 3/13/2016 7:31:00 PM
Skat, thank you so much for visiting, appreciate !
Date: 10/18/2015 9:53:00 AM
Moved to read this again. Congrats on your win Constance.
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Date: 3/13/2016 7:32:00 PM
Richard, thank you for the congrats !!
Date: 10/17/2015 6:20:00 AM
Like all other poems this too is heart wrenching, Wings! Congrats on your win!
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Date: 3/13/2016 7:32:00 PM
Balveen, thanks for the great comment and the congrats !
Date: 10/17/2015 4:09:00 AM
What a lovely and heartfelt write, Constance! From grief and sadness a shoot sprouted...the gift of poetry! ~ Congratulations on this deserved win. ~ Warm regards // paul
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Date: 3/13/2016 7:33:00 PM
Paul, thank you for a wonderful comment and for the congratulations, so grateful !
Date: 10/17/2015 12:58:00 AM
Emotive heartfelt tribute to ur dad broken! Loved this read, congrats on superb win!
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Date: 3/13/2016 7:34:00 PM
Upma, thanks for the compliment and the congrats ~
Date: 10/16/2015 11:15:00 PM
Excellent win!!!
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Date: 3/13/2016 7:35:00 PM
Michael, thanks for visiting with the excellent ~
Date: 10/16/2015 8:57:00 PM
Broken, Congratulations on your win, thank you for supporting my contest. Stop by my latest blog "I'm not a terrorist" if you would like or have time. Always & Forever LINDA
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Date: 3/13/2016 7:36:00 PM
Linda, thanks for another great contest and for my wonderful placement, I am over the moon happy !
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