Poems for Grandfather, Dad
SadnessSeparation from the one you love
Is hard on everyone It can't be meant as part of life
Until each life is done
The only journey each should take
To spend much time apart
Is when one of the two must die
And break the other's heart.
Dying isn't something to be taken lightly
It means the end of all
That we have worked for on this earth
It means that time was small
But it also means the start of life
If what we're taught is true
So you'll be with the one you loved
And others will be there too.
We're taught that everyone obtains
The goal I just spoke of
Cause a life was lost so that we
Might live in peace and love.
But death and lonliness are still hard
You don't want to be alone
You need the one you love the most
To have near and not a bone
No matter what we are taught
When that one person dies
A fuller heaven doesn't make up
For the broken heart and ties
So make the most of what you have
For someday it must end
The beauty you share in your life span
Will not heartache mend.
–John Barton Dodge
You CanYou can shed tears
that he is gone.
Or you can smile because he lived.
You can close your eyes and
pray that he will come back.
Or you can open your eyes and
see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because
you can't see him.
Or you can be full of the love
that you shared,
You can turn your back on
tomorrow and live for yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow
because of yesterday.
You can remember him and
only that he is gone.
Or you can cherish his
memory and let it live on,
You can cry, close your mind,
be empty, and turn your back.
Or you can do what he would
have wanted, smile, open your
eyes, love and move on.
Time Has Taken You
Daddy Loves YouDo not cry for me when I must go, for heaven waits for me. I got here fine and oh it is grand, there is so much here to see. The Father met me at the gate while you watched me wilt and die. You could not see but all around were angels by your side.
They told me when I go they would care for you. With my body in such pain it was all that I could do. I told you before I left I didn’t want to die, but I hae never been so happy. Don’t see it as good-bye.
I have no more pain and the love here is great. I got a brand new body when I walked through the gate. So do not weep any more for God is holding my hand, and when you close you eyes to sleep and reach the promise land, I will meet you at the gate when the Father guides you through. Until I see you once again, remember “I Love You.”
"Entangled Within the Nature of Things"
Dad's Love Remains
Those we love remain with us
For love itself lives on,
And cherished memories never fade
Because a loved one's gone.
Those we love can never be
More than a thought apart,
Far as long as there is memory,
They'll live on in the heart.