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To Dad (He's Dead)
Many times I’ve begun to write these words
To tell you how I feel and how I am.
It’s been a while since I saw you take your last breath
But it feels just like yesterday.
We all knew when you were alive
That you were truly one of a kind,
But it was only in hearing everyone’s stories
That we came to know just how true it was.
I have that family we talked about now.
I can hear your words even if I can’t hear your voice.
I wish they could hear them too.
They only know you from our memories.
My true love lost her father the other day.
Did he enjoy the beer you welcomed him with as he arrived?
I’m sure you’re both smiling and laughing,
Telling stories about when we were little.
The rest of the family is doing alright.
Mom’s moving on well, at least she is trying.
She’s happy, but you can see in her eyes how she misses you.
That will never go away.
I know this is something I don’t have to say,
But thank you for everything, and I love you.
You stood with me through all my faults and mistakes,
And helped make me who I am.
I’m sure as you watch over me
You shake your head now and then
And wonder what I must be thinking.
I’m doing my best Dad, life is just as hard as you said it was.