Aging Poem

Poem About Remembering Dad Before He Fell Ill

In January of 2013, my father, who was only 58, had a stroke that almost ended his life. From that day, until September 13, 2013, he was in the hospital and nursing home with many health issues. He kept fighting infection after infection and on February 14, he underwent open heart surgery. After the surgery, his health went downhill. His kidneys failed, he had blood clots, and he was pretty much comatose. We were told he probably wouldn't make it. He beat the odds and is home, doing well!

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Daddy, I Remember


Published by Family Friend Poems June 2014 with permission of the Author.

Daddy I remember, before you fell ill,
the spark in your eyes, the laughter, the thrill.

Daddy, I long for that day, when that spark comes back.
I wish, Daddy, God would cut you some slack.

Daddy, I remember the way you would brag about your grandkids.
I know, Daddy, they miss all the things you guys did.

Daddy, I remember the wonderful, crazy, quirky man you used to be,
and I hope and pray, Daddy, that God will give that beautiful man back to me.

Daddy, you have your ups and your downs,
but for the most part, Daddy, you're coming around.

Daddy, I remember some of the aggravating things you would do,
but I realize now that was just you being you.

I would give anything, Daddy, to have things the way they were before,
but Daddy I'm just thankful to have you even one day more.



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