Gone, Not Forgotten #fathersday #poetry


Many of us have lost fathers over the years. This poem was written for those faithful dads.


Driving down the road

of missing you

when I see an old T-Bird

I catch a tear or two


I wasn’t old

 first set of ups and downs

riding life’s carousel

you taught me how


I switched from trike

on foggy hills

two wheeled wobble

start of uncontrollable thrills


A ball of string

I could unwind

but the end of it

I’d never find


Love is like that

it’s up and all around

but there was always a dad

to pick me off the ground



This archived poem I am posting for Father’s Day for a man who was my father by example. Ken passed away this month and can never be replaced for the handfuls of children he  made a difference to!

Today I thought of him

brought some smiles and tears

man who walked by my side

making  adjustments

in my stride


As a child,

he was there

held the bike, nail,

and spare


Gave me words

for living well

routed my accomplishments

watched patiently when I fell


Now he’s gone.

Where do I turn?

Some days I ponder

fall back  on  what I learned


My life will always have a place

Where he belongs

I’m the person I am today

because of that man

who has gone away


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Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are developing elementary curriculum for Ugandan children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. Along with the curriculum, we hope to develop simple fictions about Uganda for the children to read at school. Trust me books are in short supply. We will use our trusted story tellers: a butterfly and a lion to make the stories come alive. Stay tuned as Bethany and Me put pen to paper. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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  1. Grand, and thankful memories!
    __My father always said: “List your errors, and you must take another step. ” His meaning there was, we all fail… but the greatest failure is not trying. _m


  2. God bless men whose hearts are big enough to father many children. I know some men like that, one of whom raised thirty foster children along with his own brood. He died a year ago and leaves a legacy of love behind. I am glad Ken was there for you, Leslie. He sounds wonderful.


    1. some stand in the stead of the biological father with purpose and make a profound impact. Thanks Sherry. I am grateful for the man who took the time to be the father that my father chose not to be


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