My dad died in May 1970 when I was 18. I wrote these lines 40 years later

Taken away so abruptly

no time for sad good-byes –

Did you ever see

prophetically

all that I’ve come to be

~~~

Did you ever weep silently

o’er the titanic struggles,

temptations, fears and doubts

Did you ever applaud my victories

successes or achievements

~~~

Did you ever get to know

that I’m a father too,

or understand with foresight

how my grandsons all

remind me much of you

~~~

Have you ever realised

how your life inspired my own

with calmness under crisis,

with faith in the unknown

and love that’s ever grown

~~~

If you did, I truly hope,

there are things of which you’re proud,

just as I am of your memory,

of the legacy you gave, and

of the great dad that you are.

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