Loss of Father Poem

After my dad died, I was inspired to write this as a way to explain my feelings since his death.

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My dad has cancer and he is probably going to die like my Aunt Rose did. She died of the same thing I've had way to many people die in my life everytime I get to be close to them they die. My...

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As My Tear Softly Falls


Published by Family Friend Poems November 2008 with permission of the Author.

And he puts his boat in the water for the last time
A tear will fall for the last time
I wipe the tears from my face with your old shirt for the last time
I cry about the last time I said goodbye to you

More than oceans separate us
More than continents themselves
But in my heart you will remain
Along with everything you taught me

Memories seep from my veins
Vivid pictures of you lay softly in the back of my mind
But you now rest in the arms of the angels
Every day I wish you were here to hold me in your arms
And comfort me through every obstacle in life
And such a thought brings me weeping on my knees

And every day I picture you
I remember you
And every day I struggle with the reality that you're gone
And with that struggle I make it through another day

Everything happens for a reason
Yours was to build me up
And no one can ever tear me down
You taught me all you could in your short time with me
And now my only job is to remember and never forget

Rain is nothing but tears to me
Tears from a man who wasn't good at sharing his emotions
Although going on without you upsets me
Everything reminds me
I'm not afraid to cry
I pretend to be ok every day
And it's always hard to deal with the pain of losing you
And force that smile when it just won't come

The wake comes off the bow
The anchor is reeled in

Another tear softly falls for him


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  • Lacie Groesbeck by Lacie Groesbeck, VT
  • 10 years ago

My dad has cancer and he is probably going to die like my Aunt Rose did. She died of the same thing I've had way to many people die in my life everytime I get to be close to them they die. My dog died to and I have no friends anymore to talk to about this I am all alone now by myself with no friends to support me or to catch me when I fall or to hold back every tear I cry

  • Tina by Tina, British Columbia
  • 12 years ago

I just want to thank you for sharing such a lovely poem. It was just the right words I wanted for my Dad's Celebration of his life service. He was a man that loved being on the water and has had many different kinds of boats. He and my Mom enjoyed many adventures together on the water and also took my kids with them, sometimes for weeks at a time.
He started out with prostate cancer and had it under control but in didn't last, it turned into bone cancer and he thankfully didn't suffer very long. I'm one of 4 kids (I'm his step child) and I was the only one that stood up and read something to honour my Dad. I was proud to do it.
The last 6 months of his life we enjoyed so much...it's just not going to be the same here with out him.

  • Dianne by Dianne, Texas
  • 13 years ago

I just lost my father 2 weeks ago to a very rare form of bone marrow cancer. He suffered and fought for 4 1/2 years. His kidneys failed him so he was on dialysis three times a week. His heart started to fail, so he had a pacemaker and eventually had to have a whole cut out around his heart so the fluid in his body wouldn't suffocate his heart. Fluid was constantly filling up his lungs and nearly killed him in June 2007, but he fought that and survived. He was my best friend. From day one of my life everyone knew I was going to be a daddy's girl and they were right. As hard as his fight was he held on for as long as he could, and on November 22 he laid down to go to sleep and God called him home. He didn't suffer in his last moments of life which was a complete blessing to my family and I, seeing as how we had seen him suffer long enough. I still feel as if this is all a really bad dream and I will wake up soon, but my heart knows this is real.

  • Breton Delayne White by Breton Delayne White Poet
  • 13 years ago

Sorry to hear about all your losses, my father passed away on October 21st 2007. He had a very rare form of Testicular Cancer (1 in 15 cases in history). It has been almost 3 years since his death and I haven't gone a single day without remembering him. He was my everything. I wrote this poem for his funeral. The references to boats and water were written since he loved the ocean, we used to boat all the time and my heart truly is at sea. Add me on Facebook if you ever need to chat, just let me know you're from this site. I wish you all peace with every new day xoxo

  • Ashleigh by Ashleigh, Lago Vista Texas
  • 14 years ago

Hey, My name is Ashleigh I lost my dad when I was 11 and my two younger sisters were 7 and almost 2.
I miss him like crazy, It's hard when you lose a family member, but it's even harder when you are daddy's little girls. I know that one day I will have to explain to both my little sisters exactly what happen, I know my dad is still with us every day of my life even though I don't see him he is by my side through the thick and the thin. But, I really do love this poem it brings so many memories to the table and makes me think about my dad but sometimes it's good for me to think about all the good memories we had as a family.

  • Val by Val, CA
  • 14 years ago

I lost my dad in '07 to Lung Cancer and he was told he had cancer two days before Christmas in '05. He took lots of meds and the Doc's said he got a few months left...He made it two years. IN January he passed away. His heart got slower took quick breathes and then stopped. He was at home in a hospital bed with a hospice nurse lady. I was only 9 years old. and now I'm almost 13 and its hard but my mom got remarried with three more step kids. Its a busy family but I still miss my dad more and more each day it seems. And my dad sailed cuz we owned a boat and I really love this poem.

  • debra trigger by debra trigger
  • 15 years ago

hello I lost my dad on my birthday of this year to lung cancer and boy it is tough and I love him and cry everyday for him and talk to his spirit. We were really close father and daughter.

  • Kristina Ross by Kristina Ross
  • 15 years ago

Hi, I lost my dad before Christmas just this past year. He had seizures and was driving his car and went over the medium and was killed instantly. He was 55 years young. I am not ready to let go of my dad yet, 2 days before he passed away I told my dad I graduated from college with an associates degree. I have tried all my life to make my dad proud and I did. How do I move on?

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