My father

For all the things you taught me
Which I hope to pass on to my own
For the care and shelter you gave me
While going down life’s bumpy road

For the support and encouragement
The unconditional love you displayed
For the discipline and critiquing
Your experiences you freely shared

I knew that one day you would depart
But that knowledge no solace gave
For when I, that dreaded call answered
The news bore a hole in my heart.

My memories are many
I often smile through the tears
When I recall your classic phrases
Or remember a thought you expressed

One day we’ll see each other
You will welcome me with open arms
You my father, I your daughter
Safely home at last.

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Bernie Crooks