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My Father, My Dad

My voice is weak, my hand falters
As I attempt to speak of my Father.
Each night sleep takes me, then truth awakes me –
My Dad is gone, now dead.
My heart hears this from my head.
Wrapped in numbness, walking in nothingness,
I search for his presence.

The chain’s now broken, its brightest link gone.
My Dad was security and so mentally strong.
His mind quick, his wit sharp,
He always inspired my young heart.
Pleasing my Father was to lasso the sun.
In him my pride was first begun.

I picture his hands, legs and arms –
My protector from harm;
Wisdom was his voice, comforting his every choice,
Willpower his motto, sureness his step.
He was a man of incredible depth.
Knowing I am my Father’s daughter is a thought to be tenderly kept.
His final, “I love you” words, the most emotion I’ve heard yet.

I will miss you, Daddy.
Now and forever, naught will I forget.
I’ll see you each sunrise,
Mourn you each sunset.
Images crash around me, I’d have it no other way
Than your memory with me each and every day.



... CayCay Jennings
January 1, 2016

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016




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Date: 10/2/2018 12:42:00 PM
Great poem, CayCay! Incredibly moving. Thanks for sharing:-)
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Date: 1/25/2017 4:38:00 AM
You are so fortunate to have had such a close connection with your father as well as your mother. I can feel the closeness in every word and I can tell he must've been quite a wonderful man. Congratulations on your wonderful first placement. It is so deserving. I'm very happy for you.I am sorry you had to say goodbye to you dear father. : ) 7
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Date: 1/24/2017 7:13:00 PM
Touching, CayCaY! Congrats!
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Date: 1/24/2017 6:49:00 PM
Very moving, CayCay. Congratulations on your well-deserved 1st Place win. It was wonderful to read again as I share your heavy heart about missing my dad as well. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 1/24/2017 5:02:00 PM
Hi CayCay, Your heartfelt and poignant write really got to me. My dad meant the world to me . As I gaze upon your words meant for your dad, could have been penned by me . Because I too miss my dad. Congratulations on your 1st place win. It was well deserved. A without a doubt seven and a fav-Alexis
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Date: 1/13/2016 12:57:00 AM
CayCay, Congratulations on your win. Luv ~LINDA~
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Date: 1/10/2016 10:38:00 AM
Beautiful dedication. Congrats on your win.
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Date: 1/9/2016 3:07:00 PM
I can see him in your words, CayCay. He must have been very close to you. Terrific portrait of him. Good luck in the contest. One thing...first line of the second verse. You mean to say "its" not "it" right?
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CayCay Jennings
Date: 1/10/2016 9:52:00 AM
Thank you so much for pointing that out - once a typo is realized, it glares at me! So glad you felt comfortable telling me and I hope it stays that way. We weren't as close as I would have liked, but we loved each other greatly and we lost him way too soon from Agent Orange. He died at 68 and every word I wrote is true. Thank you for commenting ... CayCay
Date: 1/6/2016 11:59:00 AM
CayCay, Congratulations on your win, in Judy Konos Dad contest. Love **SKAT**
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Date: 1/10/2016 9:54:00 AM
You are so consistently consistent that I am most impressed by your consistency! Thank you Skat - here's to another year of you being you ... CayCay
Date: 1/6/2016 4:24:00 AM
What a very lucky daughter and father. Please forgive the word luck. It is not luck. It's wonderful people.
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Date: 1/10/2016 9:56:00 AM
No forgiveness needed, I know exactly what you mean and I appreciate you saying it. Thank you, Howard - I don't believe we have 'met' so I've made a mental note to visit your page when time permits. All the best ... CayCay
Date: 1/6/2016 2:37:00 AM
A lovely tribute to your father, CayCay. Very touching and emotional conveying how much he means to you. Memories will remain forever. Congratulations on your win in the contest. T.J
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Date: 1/10/2016 10:01:00 AM
Thank you so much, Teppo. I do miss him all the days. All the best to you ... CayCay
Date: 1/5/2016 7:20:00 PM
You are fortunate to have had him. congratulations. Love, joyce
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Date: 1/10/2016 10:02:00 AM
I am fortunate to have people like you who leave such touching comments. Thank you ... CayCay
Date: 1/5/2016 4:35:00 PM
This is such a beautiful poem about your dear dad, CayCay. I felt the love and emotion in your endearing words, and I was very touched. Congratulations on your First Place win. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 1/10/2016 10:00:00 AM
Hi, Sweetie. I'm glad to know my emotion came through for it was indeed just that, an emotional and sincere write. Thank you, Sandra - and if I haven't told you already, Happy Everything during a Happy New Year! All the best ... CayCay
Date: 1/5/2016 3:19:00 PM
Thank you for being in my contest. It is good to hear your dad was your treasure so beautiful as are you....
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Date: 1/5/2016 4:29:00 PM
How sweet and very kind. Thank you for giving your time and efforts to all of us here - please know you are appreciated ... CayCay
Date: 1/5/2016 8:03:00 AM
A treasure to find this poem this morn. I lost my dad when I was 15 years old-it utterly destroyed me! So much so that even at age 61 now, its a hard subject to write about. I see you summoned up great courage to do so (quite splendidly I might add), maybe I can too.A7
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CayCay Jennings
Date: 1/5/2016 9:54:00 AM
You relate. When one loses their Father, it is like they join the Gone Father Club. This wrote itself a few days after he made his transition as my therapy. How I miss him. I thank you for your warm and kind comments ... CayCay
Date: 1/5/2016 8:03:00 AM
SORRY, I FORGOT. Adding this poem to my fav list. Thanks.
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Date: 1/4/2016 2:06:00 PM
OH!!!! What an emotional piece, my dear. I'm very close to my dad so a lot of what you wrote...reverberated in my own heart. You are a wonderful woman...and he must have been...a wonderful man. Hugs
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Eileen Manassian
Date: 1/4/2016 2:35:00 PM
I entered a poem I'd written some time ago for the contest. I think our fathers have a lot in common, dear. Hugs
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CayCay Jennings
Date: 1/4/2016 2:21:00 PM
Thank you, Eileen. He was an exceptional man in many ways and I miss him / think of him / remember him each and every day. So many of our poems are our truths ... CayCay
Date: 1/3/2016 4:39:00 AM
Hi Cay. Powerful emotions set the sail of your words ; love and tenderness lend them beauty. PS. Thank you for your visits to my page. Best and hugs!
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Date: 1/3/2016 3:57:00 PM
Thank you, Sweetie - I've been missing your unique writes. I'll check soon to see if you've been recently inspired. Happy New Year to you ... CayCay
Date: 1/2/2016 10:14:00 AM
Emotional and filled to capacity with love and admiration. Wonderfully done my dearest CayCay! Good luck!
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Date: 1/2/2016 11:43:00 AM
Thank you, Demetrios - allow me to wish you a happy everything in 2016 and beyond ... CayCay
Date: 1/1/2016 8:55:00 PM
"I will miss you, Daddy. Now and forever, naught will I forget. I’ll see you each sunrise, Mourn you each sunset." It's so true about seeing your daddy in the sunrise and mourn him in the sunset. To me this means, the morning you feel fresh and awake ready for the new day (sunrise) but as evening comes you've had all day with thoughts of our loved one..so because of that, we mourn at sunset. Perfectly said. *smiles* -luloo
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Date: 1/2/2016 7:39:00 AM
Thank you, Luloo - CayCay
Date: 1/1/2016 7:39:00 PM
Incredible this is...
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Date: 1/2/2016 7:39:00 AM
Thank you so much. I don't believe I've 'met' you before, when time allows I shall visit your page and see what I shall see! Happy New Year ... CayCay
Date: 1/1/2016 3:55:00 PM
wow, CayCay, GREAT writing. I think you put so much emotion and love into this. That is what makes it so wonderful. It's a lot better than mine. I have no super special dad poems in me!! Happy New Year, by the way. I have visitors coming. JUST found out. DANG it. I need to get off here within ten min and get presentable.
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Date: 1/1/2016 5:00:00 PM
Thank you so much, Sweetie. You are on the mark, this is the emotion and love that wrote the poem verbatim within days of losing him. Now, stop fussing, put on your company face and have a good time! Love ya ... CayCay