There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth...
-Luke 13:28 - The Blog for drneilmcleod.com
For Henrietta who wants her father to know how thankful she is to have had him in her life: for all the tough love shown to her and her sisters and his grandchildren. She always looked up to him for being a hard worker and for providing for his family. He was her father, her hero, her friend.
Papa can you hear me now? I’m praying that you do,To hear me say “I love you still” now that the trials are through.Oh! Papa I still hear you, tender in my mind,Even in admonishment your tone was always kind.Papa I remember how you would dance with meI can see my sisters looking on so enviously,You had me clutched within your arms and twirled me all aroundI was flying with my Papa, with feet above the ground.Papa I remember your strength that would not fail,Yet when the call came telling you were gone I felt so frail.I was numb and even now I can not tell just how I feelBut I know that you are gone and wish it wasn’t real.Papa? do you remember when by the harbor quayWe’d be walking hand in hand, together you and me?The waves were gently lapping and the birds mewed overheadAnd I was with my hero, ’though those words were never said.The fenders they were yawning as the boats rocked in the breezeThe halliards were clanking on the masts in a reprise,Oh! we’d be eating ice cream and drinking in the viewAnd Mama would be with us and you’d call her Honey Dew.Oh Papa! do you recall when I last pushed your wheel chair?Through blinding tears with my eyes closed the vision is still there,We went to the marina to see the boats a newAnd Julius had an ice cream just like we used to do.Papa, you’re my hero and so you’ll always beAnd I will keep you in my heart for all eternity,And time will never weaken nor take away one breathFor it’s love that binds, not reason, and that’s stronger than death.
THANK YOU DR. NEIL, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE POEM. HENRIETTA
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