POEMS FOR THE LOSS OF A FATHER - PAGE 2
We Only Wanted You
They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
We never wanted memories,
We only wanted you.
A million times we needed you,
a million times we’ve cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place
no one can ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
We’d walk the path to heaven
to bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.
He is Gone
You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Today I left my loved ones and as I go I pray,
Lord don’t let them grieve too much, because I’ve died today.
Let there be no wailing echoing the halls,
the same halls that held laughter and answers to my calls.
I pray they all take comfort accepting the true way,
and listen when I tell them these three things today.
Love will be forever, a promise that will last.
So love me more than ever now my time with you has passed.
And last of all remember the glowing love to be,
when our eyes meet once again, for all eternity.
The Gift of You
Thank you for the gift of you!
You gave us hope by just being you.
After all the hurting and healing is through
We’ll treasure most of all the gift of you!
‘Your love will light our way,
Your memory will be with us forever’
A Fallen Limb
A limb has fallen from the family tree
I hear a voice that whispers, ‘Grieve not for me’
Remember the best times, the laughter, the songs
The good I lived while I was strong
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you
Keep on smiling, the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest
Remembering all…how I was truly blessed
Continue traditions, no matter how small
Go on with your lives, don’t stare at the wall
I miss you all dearly so keep up your chin
Until that fine day we’re together again.
A Grandfather Like You
Throughout the years you’ve always been
A wonderful man to me
When I was small you took the time to
Bounce me on your knee
As I grew older, you were there
I only had to call
I knew that I could count on you
You’d never let me fall
So many hard times in my life
You’ve helped to get me through
I’m so glad God gave me
A Grandfather as special as you.
Come With Me
The Lord saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So He put his arms aroud you
And whispered “Come with me.”
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer
And saw you fade away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Your beautiful smile at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove
He always takes the best.
It’s lonesome here without you,
We miss you so each day.
Our lives just aren’t the same
Ever since you went away.
When days are sad and lonely
And everything goes wrong,
We hear you gently whisper,
“Cheer up and carry on.”
Each time we see your picture,
You seem to smile and say,
“Don’t cry, I’m in God’s keeping,
We’ll meet again someday.”
Our Dear Dad
Although we are apart now
You’re always in our hearts,
In every single thing we do,
You play the biggest part.
When we have to make decisions
And we don’t know what to do,
Our thoughts, we find
Will go right back to you.
We think of how you’d handle it
And try to work it out,
It’s at times like this we’ll really miss
Having you about.
Not only for this reason
When things are going bad,
There’s a million different reasons
Why we’ll miss you Dad.
I’ll Fly Away
Has it been that long
Since I sat upon your knee?
You sang to me so sweetly.
I hugged you happily.
Your voice was so strong,
As you spoke to me that day.
You talked about Heaven.
You said, ‘Soon, I’ll fly away.’
I never really understood
Just what you tried to say.
I only knew I loved you.
I didn’t want you to go away.
‘Daddy loves you, honey’
Was the last thing you said to me.
At once I understood those words
And wondered why I didn’t see.
On the morning, when his life was done,
My Daddy flew away,
But I know his love will stay with me,
Forever and a day.
When I Lost You
I wish I could see you one more time
come walking through the door
But I know that is impossible
I will hear your voice no more.
I know you can feel my tears
and you don’t want me to cry
Yet my heart is broken
because I can’t understand
why someone so precious had to die.
I pray that God will give me strength
and somehow get me through
As I struggle with this heartache
that came when I lost you.
Your Love Brought Me Through
When life was closing in on me,
My world had fallen down;
You always kept me going,
When you would come around.
You pieced me back together,
You made me laugh and smile;
Then when my steps would falter,
You led me that extra mile.
You gave to me a shoulder,
For me to cry upon;
You listened when I had to talk,
When I went on and on.
You never tried to judge me,
Or tear my life apart;
You kept my feet on solid ground,
You listened with your heart.
You told me I could be someone,
You made me feel I could;
Do anything, go anywhere,
If only I just would.
Your love is unconditional,
So I give love back to you;
You are the wind beneath my wings,
Your love has brought me through.
Allison Chambers Coxsey