Remembering Your Face

Accidental Poet

Hold your family close

Tell them how you feel

Before it’s too late

Before their passing is real


I know my Dad and I

Shared many regrets

We both wanted to repair the past

Turn back the pages of neglect


On the day my father died

Driving to work that morning

Pulling into the parking lot

I got that phone call of mourning


He’d been sedated for a week

Christmas came and went

He was supposed to come home

In three days he would be sent


But he only had

Two more days left in him

Ninety-five years of life

Eternal is my respect for him


The day before he died

I’m glad I got to hold his hand

I said, “We’re not gonna say good-bye”

“But we’ll see you again”


So now I know

He’s with us everyday

And he knows we love him

Come rain, sunshine or come what may


So, hug your family

Make your peace today

Cause life happens all too quick

When tomorrow comes you can say


I’m glad we made our peace

Embraced again in grace

I’ll always love you

Remembering your face


Copyright © Accidental Poet 2023

  • Author: Accidental Poet (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: November 19th, 2023 11:24
  • Comment from author about the poem: Almost 2 years now since my Dad passed on. May God bless you Dad. We love you.
  • Category: Love
  • Views: 15
  • Users favorite of this poem: Bella Shepard, Teddy.15.
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  • Bella Shepard

    This poem is so poignant, and beautiful in the love you express for a dear father. The tears just came naturally as I read your description of those last days, and the last two stanzas bring it full circle. Thank you for sharing this part of your life, and for the oh, so wise advice!

    • Accidental Poet

      Thanks Bella, sorry is a very hard word to say when its been far too long for words to be said between family. But in my Dad's last few years I'd been seeing him in better light than I ever had my whole life long. And there were so many things I needed to say, but wasn't sure how to say them. And I think he had the same problem I was having. Finding the right words. When "I'm sorry" were the only words needed. I think we would've mutually understood each other better in that moment than all the years before. But I feel like we had made our peace in the last few months before he died. Thanks for reading and your comment/compliment.

    • Teddy.15

      So incredibly true and relatable I never got to say goodbye to my own mother, something that's never going to change, a beautiful poem with a wise message. Sending loads of hugs my dearest A.P ❤️

      • Accidental Poet

        Thanks Teddy, Rest assured she knows how you feel ((((HUGS)))) right back to you. 😉

      • orchidee

        A sensitive write AP.

      • Gary Edward Geraci

        Stanzas of love fill this poem …

      • Neville

        Very moving indeed my friend and just as importantly, if not even more so, is the message packed so neatly and contained within .. listen up folks .. this is an important one .. Neville

      • Goldfinch60

        Wonderful words AP, my Dad died in 1995 but he is still with me.


        • Accidental Poet

          All your loved ones are with you Andy. 😉

        • Doggerel Dave

          Yes, AP - you have touched on a theme many (including myself) can relate to.
          Well writ.

        • Thomas W Case

          Beautiful and powerful. Great tribute.

          • Accidental Poet

            Thank you Thomas. This was my Dad coming through loud and clear.

          • Kinsley Lee

            Thank you for your poem. It's warm story in family and it makes my heart warm.

          • DeviLove

            Wow, so beautifully written. Losing a loved one is so difficult and heart breaking, but yet, you've made such a beautiful and relatable poem from such loss. Very sorry to hear of your loss, by the way.

            • Accidental Poet

              Thanks DeviLove, It's been close to 2 years now (December 27, 2021), and my sister and I still miss him. But I know he's not really gone, just not here physically. Thank you for reading and your comment/compliment.

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