In Memory of My Father

Fifteen years ago today,

You closed your eyes and slipped away.

I held your hand but I didn't cry,

I softly whispered my "Good-bye."

You always told me to be strong,

To hide my tears from everyone.

To keep my loved ones very near,

That death was nothing I should fear.

Today I let the teardrops freely flow,

And I just had to let you know.

Your memory is always here with me,

Just the way you said it would be.

In my heart you are not gone,

You've been here with me all along.

Your time has come and mine will too,

And once again I'll talk with you.

Written with love and respect,

Dianna Doles Petry

2004


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