I have not visited my blog in a long time. I have had many obstacles put in my path and have been dealing with them, put my doctorate on hold, can't seem to push forward. Most of the year I have been adjusting to married life and my disabilities. But what has brought me back to my blog is the loss of my father. He passed away April 7th, 2013 3 weeks ago today. I miss him terribly. I have written two poems because of this... here they are.
Tribute to Dad
By your hands dad I was raised with love;
You gave me strength when I was weak;
Your smile warmed my heart
Your gentle father’s love, unconditional
Encouraged me to reach my goals;
You caught me when I stumbled down.
You instilled in me right from wrong -
Nurtured my faith in God, guiding my path,
Shielding me, from harm’s way throughout my life -
Your love, always the foundation on which I stood.
So many memories I hold within my heart –
The unconditional love you gave to me when needed most -
The trips we took throughout the years, our long talks at night
When I could not sleep- the challenges met and overcome…
You always knew just what to say, caring and loving-
Yet firm when that was needed too; your eyes filled with love.
I thank you for always loving me… dad, for your belief in me,
For molding me … accepting me, just the way I am -
Now, a new chapter in life begins, I honor your life -
I love you dad and thank you for always loving me-
This is not goodbye dad, rather my song of love
In my heart… where I’ll hold you until we meet again.
Poems My Way – Valrie 04/10/13
I read this at my dad's funeral memorial service and cried all the way through, I miss him so. The second poem below came to me after a talk I had with God and to my dad in Heaven
When you are feeling sad and lonely and empty inside
Reach within your heart and our memories do not hide.
When tears overwhelm you and you are falling apart
Think upon the days of when these memories first start.
When you believe you can no longer carry on and withdraw
From life, I beg of you to cast your eyes again on what you saw.
When you know the answers to all that life has to ask
Of you then and only then will this sadness no longer last...
When again you will smile and gladly sing our songs
And walk among the living, hold me in your heart where I belong
When you can release the fears that wake you in the night
You will rejoice in the comfort of knowing I now live in eternal light
Poems My Way -Valrie 04/20/2013
I have also had computer issues and lost a lot of my graphics, things I cannot control, but I am trying to get back to the person dad would want me to be...
Have a blessed day.