Loss of Father Poem

Being Apart From My Father

My mother asked me and my siblings if we wanted to tell a story or talk about a memory at my father's funeral. I started writing about experiences I had growing up with my father. There were so many memories I became overwhelmed with, so many stories I wrote down, that I decided to write a poem instead. I wrote this poem about an hour before my dad's funeral service started. I read this at my dad's graveside, in the cemetery at his final resting place.

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Heaven's Not That Far


Published by Family Friend Poems June 2021 with permission of the Author.

I have no words that can express
How much love I have for you.
You taught me everything I know,
Through the years as I grew.

I know you had to leave this world;
I'll try to understand.
It's hard to get used to
Not having you here to hold my hand.

But I know when I look up in the sky,
You must be amongst those bright stars
Shining down from heaven.
It may seem a great distance,
But it's really not that far.

So now that you're an angel,
Please help me if you can
To continue growing while I'm here on earth,
In this strange, mysterious land.

You will always be my father
Forever in my heart.
Time seems to go so quickly.

It will not be much longer
That we will be apart.


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