The Official Writing Challenge
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This poem is so full of emotion, and flows beautifully. What a lovely way to join your family in spirit.
My heart went out to you, unable to attend his funeral, but I think it was better to see him while he was still living. You've included so many details about your dad in this tribute. Your poetry skills are excellent. I think your title is perfect for this poignant and beautifully-written poem.
Mariane, how beautiful of you & John to have a your own service for your dad. I fought back tears reading this one. I agree, even though difficult, it was better to see him while he was still alive. Wonderful Poem.
This is wonderfully written. I loved the little ceremony in your own church with your husband. Such a lovely tribute to both your dad and to John.
Oh, what a choice! But, you made the right one-so good for your dad to see you and to be able to say good-bye. What a difficult time this must have been for you, but you both chose a creative and tender way to be a part of the ceremony. Very sweet and touching, Marianne.
I don't know how I missed this super tribute. It's got it's touching, tender, and made me weepy.
Big, big congrats on your EC, sweet Mariane!
Congratulations on 1st place! INcredible!
What a beautiful tribute. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on your win!
Dear Mariane, my friend! What a beautiful poem, so very touching. It's a wonderful tribute to a wonderful Father. Well written. Congratulations on your 1st place in Editors Choice! Blessings to you!
Congratulations on First Place. You deserve it. I always enjoy your poems and stories, Mariane. You rank amongst my favourite authors, along with a few others, whom I can't name here, but I know you know who they are....Thanks for always being an inspiration to me...Your dad was a great teacher to you...God bless you....Helen
Marianne -- Congrats on 1st place with this awesome poem!
Congratulations on your win. This is beautiful!
Oh how this touched my heart, Thank you.

Congrats so well deserved!
Congratulations on your 1st place. This is really touching, and very well written.
Beautiful. I thought I would be sad reading this--but it lifted me up. Such hope and peace and joy in the midst of suffering--that really comes though in this poem.
Congratulations on your win. What a wonderful tribute to your daddy. I had tears in my eyes for you as I read this emotion packed piece, so well done.
Oh, my dear friend, Mariane! What a wonderful, heart birthed poem! I know how very much your precious father meant to you. What a truly beautiful tribute this is! Congratulations on soaring to the top of the charts right where this excellent poem and its stellar poet should be! We all love you, and we love to read all of your remarkable poems and stories! Again...congratulations!
My dear Mariane, I can't stop crying. This just tears my heart out, in a category with Eugene Fields' "Little Boy Blue." I definitely want an autographed copy of this book. What a gift God gave you in both your Dad and in your exquisite ability to write about him. This couldn't be more perfect, and I just love you to pieces, my friend.
Congratulations on this touching poem. Loved how you kept weaving 'eight hundred miles away' into it.
Congrats on first place, it is well deserved. This poem held my tears captive. Amazing piece of work I won't soon forget.
Oh Marianne--that is beautiful. Not many things make me cry but this did.
Thank you. So beautifully written.