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Details | Marsiya |

I'm my Daddy Made Over

Dedicated to my Dad Jerry W. Niday 3/20/1952 - 6/18/2013

I am who I am because of him
He’s the reason for my son’s name
He gave me my courage & my strength
To stand tall even when standing wasn’t easy
Stand for the ones who can’t
To think and fend for myself
I’m my Daddy made over

Taught me to fight back 
To never back down
How to pick myself back up
When I’ve been knocked down
Fight for what I believe
I’m my Daddy made over

He gave me my stubbornness 
Gave me my pride
Gave me my temper
Taught me not to take crap
To speak my mind no matter who
Work for what I want
I’m my Daddy made over

How to keep my emotions in check
How to handle large amounts of pain
When in trouble he always had my back
He knew how my mind worked better than anyone
I got it from him
I’m my Daddy made over

Even though he’s gone
I’ll stand and continue on 
I may stumble I may fall 
May even get hurt along the way
But I’ll pick myself back up
I’ll dust myself off and stand tall
I’m honored and proud to say
I’m my Daddy made over

Sabrina Niday Hansel

Copyright © Sabrina Niday Hansel | Year Posted 2013

Details | Epic |

We Lost More Than a Dad

We lost more than just a Dad that day
We lost half of how we came to be
We lost we four girls first love
We lost our Best Friend

We lost more than just a Dad that day
Our Mom lost her Soul Mate, Her other half 
Our children lost their Papaw
We lost our family’s foundation 
We lost the glue that held us together

We lost more than just a Dad that day
We lost the Strongest man we ever knew 
We lost the man we looked up too
We lost we four girls Teacher of many things

We lost more than just a Dad that day
We four girls lost our Hero
We lost some of our Light
We lost part of our Heart
We lost part of our Soul

We lost more than just a Dad that day
We lost some of our Courage
We lost some of our Strength
We lost some of our will to fight back
We lost some of our will to carry on
We four girls lost more than a Dad
We lost more than just a Dad that day

Copyright © Sabrina Niday Hansel | Year Posted 2013

Details | I do not know? |

Empty Room

Eyes gazing, questions raising...where is the one

who rested here? Where is the one who took refuge here?

They are gone...yet their things remain.

How odd...they did not stop to pack.

Bed fresh...room clean...as if some magazine.

Breeze blowing...sunshine glowing...

yet emptiness is felt...how strange.

I peer in further...where did they go? 

Will they return...I'd like to know.

I hear the clock ticking on the wall,

like some sort of eary wake up call.

They shall not return...their time is done...

there is no need to turn and run.


Copyright © Pam Deremer | Year Posted 2015

Details | Rhyme |

"My Sister"

A dream from a while back I always remember clear...
My sister was slipping away from cancer as I tear...
Loosing my dad three years back was still fresh in my head...
So going through this again, all the same words can be said...
As I slept through the night images would fill my dreams...
My sister and family all chatting as all was ok it seemed...
The entire dream my sister stood by the door as I pleaded
her to sit and rest...
She kept saying I have to go as I wondered if this was a test...
She opens the door and starts to walk out as I stood to hold her
I'm ok she claimed as I could feel her pull away ,but with no harm..
It was my dad on the other side of the door saying she is with me now...
As I woke that morning I felt confused , the phone rang as my heart 
My sister had passed away through the night, a destination that couldn't
be stopped...
But to know where she was and who was with her eased my pain a bit..
Still I miss her so as remember her smile as I sit and reflect...

A true dream... for" Fragmented Dream contest by Constance A Rambling Poet"
"a spiritual dream" by Michael J. Falotico

Copyright © Michael J. Falotico | Year Posted 2010

Details | Rhyme |

" The Life Of Me " page 1 of 2

My name is James, born 1961
In Inverness, a small Scots town
To my father Andrew, and my mother Beryl
And Billy my brother, a pair of devils
In 67, we woke one night
Our house was ablaze, full of orange light
Our neighbour next door, for whatever reason
Started a fire, it must be crazy season
We had too move to a caravan park
By this time it,s three, to make a new start
My mother Beryl decide to leave
But the three of us left, never bothered to grieve
In the next few weeks, we ended in court
Two small children, in a marriage abort
We were asked to choose either Dad or Mum
But we ignored the parent, who went on the run
As we left the court, to start a new life
We felt sorry for Dad, as his illness was rife
He never told us that he was unwell
It would upset one of his boys, as the future will tell
Then came the night all parents dread;
Being told one of his boys is nearly dead
We were going to a boys club, on a Monday night
My brother was running so far out of sight
I turned the corner to see him ahead
No!! he's been hit by a van, Boom's  Boom's dead
I ran to my father, sreaming and crying
I'm finding my life,at 7 - far too trying
After the funeral, and with my father unwell
We left Inverness, our eyes a swell
To go as two, and not three as before
It's like Mother Nature closed a door
So we headed west, to a place called Fort William
Was it in the stars, cause Billy " is " William
We moved there, as the air was so pure
Hoping my father will find his cure
For whatever reason, we left the above
We found no Angel or peaceful dove
So we headed back to Inverness
Fathers health decreasing, life still a stress
Over the next few years, i was fostered and loaned
In couples houses and children's homes
It was really strange in all those places
Different people, different faces

Then on the 16th of Feb - 76,
James, i was told, your dads very sick.
The cancer had taken your father away
To be with Billy, where you'll join them one day

In 77, i joined the Navy, as i promised my dad you see. 
I did'nt enjoy it, i decided to leave 
Back up north, where my futures to be 
I wanted to have, what my parents had lost 
And that was my aim, no matter the cost

see page 2 of 2, ty..


Copyright © James Fraser | Year Posted 2009

Details | Lyric |

Don't Cry

Please don't cry over my casket 
For I am not there 
Please don't cry at my grave 
My soul has been set free 
I know it's hard not to cry 
I've been down that road one to many times 

I have no more pain 
I have no more sickness 
And I would not change a thing 
As I walk threw the gates of Heaven 
Mom Dad our brothers and sisters 
Will welcome me with open arms 
Here I am free of that pain 

Don't blame yourself 
It was my time to go home 
This is where I'm supposed to be 
Don't dwell on things which you can not change 
I will always be in your heart 

I will always be watching over you 
When that day comes for you to come home
I will be there to welcome you 
With open arms
And walk you through the gates of Heaven 
You will be greeted by our family & friends
Who came home before you 
Until that day I will be watching over you

Copyright © Sabrina Niday Hansel | Year Posted 2013

Details | Lyric |

I Hate You Cancer

Dedicated to my Dad who lost his short battle w/ Colon Cancer on June 18,2013

I hate you Cancer
Your vile evil and cruel
You don't care who you hurt
I'll never forget that day
I'll always hate you for it

Your heartless Cancer
You took someone important from me
Someone important from others too
Took people who didn't belong to you
I hate you for it

You disgust me Cancer
You had no right to take him from me
He mattered more than my very own life
I hate you for taking my Daddy
I hate you for taking others too

I hate you with a passion Cancer
You took part of my heart with him
You took part of my soul that day too
I hate you for it
I hate you I hate you I hate you

I hate you with every fiber of my being 
Go back to Hell where you belong
I hate you, others hate you
Your not welcome or wanted here Cancer

I hate you more than his doctor's
I hate you more than God
I hope I get to witness that day
Witness the day you fall
And you will fall Cancer

You're gonna lose the battle one day Cancer
I'm gonna laugh and dance around your grave
You'll finally get what you deserve 
And you'll never be able to inflict your disease on another soul

Sabrina Niday Hansel

Placed 8th in Poet Destroyer A's  2013 "PINKTOBER" Contest

Please Support a Cure for Colon Cancer & every other type!

Copyright © Sabrina Niday Hansel | Year Posted 2013

Details | Munaajaat |

Tell Me

I'm lost hurt and angry
Why did you take his life
I want, No I need to know
Tell me, Tell me why
I deserve to know

Haven't you done enough to him
What'd he ever do to you
He suffered his whole life
Suffered more than anyone deserved
Tell me, Tell me why you did it
I have a right to know

Why'd you let him born to them
Born to worthless parents
Parents who didn't care
They threw him away like garbage
Pawned him off on someone else
Tell me, Tell me why
Explain how you could do that

You gave him Polio
You let others treat him like disease
You took away the full use of his legs
You warped his hand and foot
Tell me, Explain to me why
I deserve to know

You let others think he was crazy
You let it go on for over year
You didn't stop it, Why
Tell me, Give me your reason
Answer me God, Help me to understand

You go and make matters worse
You gave him Cancer
You didn't give him a chance to fight back
You just jerked him away from us
Tell me, Tell me how
How you could be so cruel

How can others not question you
When others do it, It's murder
But when it's by your hand
It's your will, Their fate
Tell me, What makes you so different
Your no better than the demons knocking at the door

You heard me beg and plead
You know I'm not afraid to die
I was willing to carry it all for him
I was willing to take my Daddy's place
You didn't even let me say Goodbye
Tell me, Tell me why I couldn't take his place
Answer me God, you owe me that much


Copyright © Sabrina Niday Hansel | Year Posted 2013

Details | Lyric |

Forever Changed

June 18, 2013 our world was Forever Changed
We where a few minutes from home
When we got the call from our baby sister

Said we need to get back home
We need to come as fast as we can drive
Mom really needs us
Something’s wrong with Daddy
The whole way we drove 80
Hoping & Praying we’d make it back in time

Our Family & Friends were weeping 
By the time we got to his side
We knew then our Daddy had been taking
And our hearts they were breaking
We never got to say Goodbye
We each softly kissed that man
We four sisters laid down beside him
And cried just like babies
For our world was Forever Changed that day

Copyright © Sabrina Niday Hansel | Year Posted 2014

Details | Blank verse |


I’ll always remember the things that we did,
When you were my dad and I was your kid.
You were everything then that I wanted to be,
And you’re fully the reason why I became me.

We drew Indian villages on big cardboard sheets,
And on Sunday evenings we’d have midnight feasts.
You would toast us a crumpet on the fire with your fork,
You would play the Atari whilst I would just talk.

I would sit on the side while you made us both toast,
Whilst I told you wild stories of some made up coast,
You encouraged my dreaming and imagination,
You helped me to learn and embrace education.

You worked all hours going to put food on the table.
But you always made time to play games when you’re able.
All the kids in the area joined our huge snowball fights,
And most still remember you taught them to ride bikes.

We had all that we wanted and then some more on top,
With a legendary dad who was cream of the crop,
And as we grew up, and as we became men,
You were best friend and confident and then dad again.

If ever I needed advice or a moan,
You would always be there on the end of the phone,
You would listen for hours and though nothing was solved,
You would focus my mind, my belief and resolve.

You’re my teacher, my mentor and my happy place,
And though you leave us too soon there’s a smile on my face,
For your legacy shows how you’ve relished this life, 
Leaving four loving sons and your Gail, your wife.
It’s so hard as I write this and say my goodbyes,
I will miss you for always and have many more cries.
But I want you to know whilst you’re leaving is sad,
How grateful I am to have had you as my dad.

In all I’ll achieve and the places I’ll see,
You’ll always be there seeing it right with me,
And if I’ve one regret, one thing I didn’t do,
It’s becoming a Dad who is loved just like you.

I owe you more than words; till we meet again old man.

Copyright © David Horne | Year Posted 2016

Details | Free verse |

left alone

         Now I am left alone with tears ~

         with all shared may sadness cease
         the darkness of loss as fears increase
         your heart wants to hold on for hope

          losing the one expected never ready 
           going through acceptance you think
          until time stands still and life does cease 
           Now I am left alone with tears ~
          every thought now to late to speak
            all you thought you knew you didn't
          when death comes swift no real preparation

         How long will this hurt one can only wonder 
          The tears fall hard , the tears fall alone    
           saying goodbye forever your gone .


Copyright © Shanity Rain | Year Posted 2013

Details | Free verse |

Never So Gracious

A full moon night to my delight what is so wrong with doing what's right nothing is right after so long no use in complaining time to move on The Dream Water one day might take me away farther from the comfort of familiarity I float on my back then shut my eyes my body now sinking into ocean arms open wide Now swallow your son back to his nature when he is no longer needed to stay here the next generation are dooming themselves they need my experience to guide them through hell Why should I bother on my own, I strive through I turn my back on the thought of bothering to save you alone in this world my, is it spacious I'm finally smiling, never so gracious.

Copyright © Bj Fard | Year Posted 2013

Details | Rhyme royal |


Dad I'm sorry, for all your pain you feel
It all seems unfair, it all feels so unreal
Like life has just beaten you, claiming a defeat
But take my hand don't give up, we won't be beat
We can face this together, yes we will survive
Never forget you and mom, gave birth to us five
When we were young, you both kept us safe and near
Now's our turn, to take away your fears
You'll feel the loss, but don't feel out of place
Let us that you gave life, a chance to fill some space
It's OK we are here, you can't always be strong
To need us kids, is never ever called being wrong
Your love for mom, gave her a certain glow
As your love over time, seemed to grow and grow
You gave her, what she had seemed to desire
You shared a love and devotion, with a spark of fire
And you was the first man, to ever have my heart
In my life you've always been, a great big part
You was my superman , my first super hero
All other men to me, compared to you were all zeros
Now it's time, I'll help you with your pain 
Let me be your baby girl, daddy once again

Copyright © Brenda Chiri | Year Posted 2016

Details | I do not know? |


he feels pain;
the breath draws thin and shallow
no more chances

Copyright © Stephen Honor | Year Posted 2014

Details | Couplet |


Cancer, I hate you with a deep passion
You took my dad not in a timely fashion

My dad was the backbone of our family
His absence left an aching need cavity

He held our family together with prayer
Away from Satan’s snare and hell’s fire

Then one day he was so terrible sick
We thought this must be a silly trick

The doctor said he had not much time
O no the family thought this is a crime

The best father there was down by cancer
Riding on a black horse this hated lancer

For Michael J. Falotico's contest

Copyright © Joy Wellington | Year Posted 2012

Details | Rhyme |

When I talk do you hear me

I was thinking of you today.
It's nothing new all I do is pray.
I would like to know do you hear,
Or do you turn a deaf ear.

Can you tell me if you see me cry?
When I'm alone wishing I said good bye.
Wanting only one more chance.
Hoping I could have a father daughter dance

Can you hear my laughter?
Now that youre in the hereafter.
I wish you could let me know.
Maybe you could start to glow.

Copyright © Lori Freund | Year Posted 2017

Details | Rhyme |


There are moments in life 
You will never forget
A certain instant in time
Some really hard news hits

I came home from work
About to leave on a trip
My mom stopped me and said
Your father is sick

It's simple though, right?
Nothing crazy, no big deal
He can take some medication
He'll be fine...he can heal

But that wasn't the case
No, not quite that easy
What my mother said next
Made my stomach all queasy

I heard the word we all hate
It's cancer, she said
My heart sank so heavy
Questions flooded my head

Not my dad! No!
Don't let it be true
How long do we have?
Mom! What will we do?!

There were tests and scans
There was chemo and drugs
We grew a little stronger
And gave longer hugs

That was four years ago
And he's still by our side
I thank God for each moment
For each day he provides

Life changed forever
That Thursday afternoon
Sometimes fear grips my heart
That I'll lose him too soon

But each day that we have
I'm so grateful he's here
To share in life's moments
Of laughter and tears

So pull your family close
Take the time to dance
Cause one day too soon
You might miss your chance

Copyright © Bethany St John | Year Posted 2015

Details | Verse |

Okay Love

Dear Robert
          I'm enclosing the warranty
                     for your shaver In case
anything should happen
          I've circled the address
                     where to bring it

Dad still isn't feeling
          well and is going
                     this week to the doctor I can't
          what can be wrong -
                     but I'm really getting concerned

          by the way
                     did you mail
that letter
          to the bank
                     I hope

          we are going to a wake
                     for Phyllis Spina.
She died
          on Saturday -
                     acute leukemia.

Your brothers are fine
          they're off -
                     Yom Kippur
All else is
          okay Love

Copyright © Robert Ronnow | Year Posted 2015

Details | Blank verse |


Where will I go now?
Who to ring when things look bad?
When life’s given me a problem.
I’ve always rung my dad.

You see, he’s always been there.
Always known just what to say.
But now he’s going to leave us.
And that’s just not OK.

We knew that he was unwell,
I mean we knew he had things wrong.
But we thought we had more time left,
Didn’t know there wasn’t long.

With very little notice,
We’re now told he will die.
It’s cruel and unforgiving,
Little time to say goodbye.

He’ll never leave my memory,
Although he may be gone.
He’s been my life and everything,
And through me, he’ll live on.

For now we’ll reassure him,
And tell him he’ll be missed.
Tell him though we’re lost without him,
In our hearts he’ll still exist.

Although we may not look it
Of course we’re not alright.
But we can’t let this defeat us;
As a family we’ll unite

Cause time won’t be the healer,
That people say she will;
You might not know from my demeanour;
But my heart is shattered still.

Copyright © David Horne | Year Posted 2016

Details | Prose Poetry |

Leaving this world

Do any of us know
What we leave behind
when we leave this world?
do we know where we will go 
heaven or hell?
In our minds we worry
on the outside we play no fear
for when people leave this world,
emotions fly high some people get mad or sad or,
Are completely torn.
people struggle with acceptance,
On losing people we love or care
We know in our hearts,
they await our time,
hoping one day to reunite,
with the ones we love and care for.

Copyright © Megan Creecy | Year Posted 2016

Details | Rhyme |

The Thirteenth Day Of July

When I saw you in your casket, it brought tears to my eyes.
You died two years ago today on the thirteenth day of July.
When the doctors said that your illness was terminal, I didn't want to believe that it was true.
But sadly, they were correct and two years ago today, we lost you.

From 1975 to 2010 you worked at Woodcraft, you worked with lumber.
People may think that I'm crazy because I believe that 13 is an unlucky number.
You died on the thirteenth year of the century and also on the thirteenth day of July.
You took Chemotherapy treatments for months and two years ago today, you died.

[Dedicated to Charles F. Johnson (1947-2013) who died on July 13, 2013 at the age of 65.]

Copyright © randy johnson | Year Posted 2015

Details | Quatrain |


Always been blessed with “stick-to-it-ness” Got it from my dear old dad He once rode a bike three hundred sixty miles Took four days each way, egad! At any age, that's quite an accomplishment But my dad was sixty years old From Montreal to Toronto and back again A feat so gruelling, so bold A wee one of ten back in nineteen forty-six Didn't hit me till many years later The impact of his enormous accomplishment It then seemed a whole lot greater Been telling this proud tale wherever I go Bout inheriting his “stick-to-it-ness” Don't think I can even come close to matching The resolve and dedication he possessed © Jack Ellison 2013 Sadly, he died of cancer at the young age of 67

Copyright © Jack Ellison | Year Posted 2013

Details | I do not know? |

My Last Goodbye

By the dim light 
We were standing by the road 
You were my princess I was your toad 
Laughed for a while 
Then we talked for a while 
Until it was time to leave 
And it was our one last ride 
Two months later 
By the window you looked out the pane 
Said there is no more us 
Said your last goodbye 
You left me alone with a broken heart 
Just some time and then we were apart 
Just one last kiss 
The kiss of lie 
We broke up and I still don't know why 
Two years on I linger 
Your ring still lies on my finger 
The door knocks I see your dad 
Your memories flash I remember the hatred that your dad had 
But not today.. He was soft 
He hugs me first and then pulls out a letter 
Hey love, 
I hope things are better 
I loved you a lot 
It was my health, something you couldn't have bought 
I was growing uglier day by day 
But you loved me so much,I didn't know what to say 
I thought you'd break up with me 
I was dying every passing day 
When I left you I was in tears 
But I had cancer I couldn't live for years 
So I decided I'd make a move 
Now no longer can I move 
I wish you find another girl 
Someone better.. Someone from above 
Or wait for me.. Till the next birth 
And love my parents now 
My last wish on this earth 
My last kiss it wasn't a lie 
It wasn't back then. 
But this is my last Goodbye

Copyright © Alhad Barbadikar | Year Posted 2012

Details | Narrative |


Dad, did you think I had forgotten you,
Well Dad, I wouldn't want you to be blue,
Do you think just because you've been gone so long,
That I don't still feel those arms so strong?

I loved you Dad-you were my idol,
I remember you putting on the horses' bridles,
I remember the love you had for your farm,
I remember how, for you, it held such charm.

You loved your horses, the cows and pigs,
You loved that old sow that got so big,
You loved driving that big truck for all those years,
But you were gone so much-Mom shed many tears.

You worked many trades, my dear, dear Dad,
The depression years made many people sad,
But you always worked to feed those you loved,
God blessed you Dad, from His throne up above.

You smoked before we knew smoking was bad,
And because you started smoking as just a lad,
Lung cancer got you before you were old,
Death took you early,my Daddy of GOLD!

Yes, I loved you Dad,and I still do,
But with thoughts of your love and humor I'm never blue,
Another poem I'll write for you--later Dad.

Copyright © Patricia Leonaitis | Year Posted 2006

Details | Ballade |

nothing to say.

As I sit and write I find it hard to tell-a story of a man a story hard to sell
as a child fatherless was his greatest gift -you see his mother was both, as if
through good times and bad-the woman alway made him fill he had a dad
stand strong,stand tall- loving words she gave as she never would crawl,
she knew her fillings she could never show-you see tears were never part as you know,
she worked hard and did her best-but time after time life brought her a test,
he left when the forth was three months old-days were hot as the nights were cold
another man leaves another child-yet she was positive always with a smile,
seven kids she gave life-seven kids yet left lonely and cold ...the forgotten wife,
poverty and cancer were her biggest fights-I think it was loneliness in the night,
as her kids grew and left her alone-most cried about there dad never being home,
with there life's lost in regret-one moved forward giving her the up most respect,
time went on as her eyes faded like night-he could see she no longer wanted to fight,
she dried her tears and put on that smile-you know son I felt this way for awhile,
listening to her he seen life took it's toll-his mom his light grew old,
as tears fell from all eyes- lying her to rest he remembered being by her side,
he found happiness as the birds carried her away-moms gone to a better place today
no more tears no more lonely nights-looking around he seen this was now there fight,
they all raged and cried-not this one he had opened up his eyes,
to this day there still looking-for him his life was her smile and up he was looking,
years have past and came the news-the eldest father was ill and dew,
as they asked with remorse-he never bated an eye he never lost changed course,
it may sound mean even a bit cold-but you see his dad passed as the story told,
only one made him who he is-she rest above with a smile just like his,
he has no regret or anger-he didn't know the man who was his father,
nothing bad to say nothing good-she was my dad and this I understood. 

Copyright © michael romero | Year Posted 2008

Details | Rhyme |

Goodbye Friends

Goodbye Friends

Tears fill my eyes today
When friends ask why
I say another went away
All we could do was say by

My heart aches to think
There was nothing we could do
One day when we blink
They are gone we had no clue

I wonder will I ever stop crying
Maybe the day will be here
When I can start trying
I won’t need the tear

You know I do have hope
That there will be a day
We all can start to cope
It is a dream anyway

Copyright © Lori Freund | Year Posted 2017

Details | Rhyme |

Four Years

It was four years ago tonight when Dad died.
He couldn't beat cancer even though he tried.
Dad died four years ago tonight at the age of sixty-five.
He received chemo and transfusions but he didn't survive.

After battling leukemia for twenty months, his battle came to an end.
When I lost my dad, I lost my next of kin.
Four years ago, I lost both of my parents and that was very sad.
It was four years ago tonight when we had to say goodbye to Dad.

[Dedicated to Charles F. Johnson (1947-2013) who died on July 13, 2013.]

Copyright © randy johnson | Year Posted 2017