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One More Time

Sharing with the open link for Real Toads and d’Verse Poets.  This is not a work of non-fiction, but sadly it’s inspired by the recent losses of two families I know.


just one more time to say “I love you,”
and to see your loving face,
brown eyes, same as mine,
reflecting a father’s love

wrinkles and graying hair,
I think I may have caused
more than a few of those
before I grew up and moved away

thinking back I remember
the kisses you used to cure
a scraped elbow or  bruised knee;
later to mend my broken heart

all those times you caught me
stern voice; mouth set harsh
grounding me out of love;
if only I’d realized back then

you walked me down the aisle
trusting another man to love me
always making him a bit nervous
afraid to hurt your baby girl

I’ll never forget your look of joy
holding your first grandchild
more kisses to fix bumps and bruises
that was just your way

I wished so hard to grow up
never thought it meant your aging
when did you become so old?
never thought about this day

brown eyes same as mine
reflecting a father’s love
just one more time, I’d say “I love you,”
if I could see your loving face

17 thoughts on “One More Time

  1. 🙂 That’s sad, Teresa. Both my parents have passed. For a while it seemed strange not to have a mom. Same was for Dad eight years later.
    I do find that the older I get the faster time moves forward.

  2. So poignant. My parents are still living, but I see the changes of aging each time I see them as it is only a few times a year due to physical distance. My heart goes out to you in the ache of missing your father.

  3. A profound sense of love and time passing in this, Teresa. We just don;t realize what growing up means when we are young, but then again, it gives us a chance to appreciate and pass on the love we’ve been given. I esp like the brown eyes motif in this–they make it very warm and real.

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