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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)

TITLE: Father In My Heart
By Thomas Kappel
04/11/08


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Only now in
a few old photographs
of
wedding pictures to mom
and camping at the lake
and him and his wiry body in a bathing suit
and
one mom took through tears of laughter
of him
trudging back from a trip to the outhouse
with a roll of toilet paper tucked
under his arm
all the time
in all the photos
him
with his unique loopy smile

Only now in
memory
a remembrance of a small
frightened boy and a
father leaving friends
playing cards in the kitchen
to lay down with his son
until I fell asleep.

Only now in
memory
a collage of pictures
of a father
giving guidance, correction,
hugs, deserved spankings,
holding and kissing mom,
and faces of
joy, laughter, anger,
amusement, and love

Only now in
my heart
of a father
dying of brain cancer
and crying as a
priest hears his last
confession and
gives him
his last rites
and comfort in his faith

Finally now
as I am alone
with my photographs
my memories
and my heart
the others all gone
but--perhaps
placing a
small thought
of him
in your heart
with this poem


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Laury Hubrich 04/17/08
This is a very nice tribute to your father.
Laury
Leigh MacKelvey04/17/08
I love this! I like the form. especially. I can see the photos in black and white.
( at least in my mind.)
Sally Hanan04/18/08
It was beautiful until you put me in it at the end. :)A lovely tribute to what sounds like a really great dad.
Peter Stone04/20/08
A touching memory of a father. Especially liked the verse where the father left his friends to help his kid get to sleep.
Mariane Holbrook04/21/08
A very touching and tender tribute. This meant a lot to you to write this, didn't it? Blessings.
Linda Watson Owen07/08/08
Thomas, this is such a perfectly woven bittersweet portrait. It's haunting beauty touches my heart deeply. You have such a wonderful skill, a true master's touch in this excellent free verse!
Betsy Markman08/22/08
Oh, this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.