Last week when I published “A Mother’s Gift” I said I would re-post something that would honor my father as well, but instead, I wrote the following. As you will undoubtedly see, I took my inspiration from “The Lord’s Prayer” which I hope will not offend anyone.
Have a safe and joyful Sunday,
My Father Who Art In Heaven
To my father, who art in heaven
hello, I think you know my name
for I am your son
and since you’ve been gone
the meanings of your lessons.
For since then and to, this very day
I repeat the words you said.
But, I ask that you forgive my youth
for I did not understand.
For, I know now, it was those words
that have led to me, the man.
Yes, you delivered mightily
upon you solemn vow
and all your wisdom, thought then, a waste
is residing in me now.
May 12, 2015
In Memory of:
Frederick W. Downing
Sept. 28th 1917 – May 7th 1969
WW II Veteran, U.S. Army
Rest in Peace Dad.
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It sounds like you had a wonderful dad. Lovely tribute.
Thank you Audrey. I didn’t always appreciate his contribution to my “formative years” but I have come to realize that it was his input that became the very foundation of who I am today.
Oh, yes, with aging comes wisdom and we understand what our parents told us/did/how they raised us…
Oh, so true Audrey… The wisdom of youth is false wisdom
for their journey has merely begun
and ’tis only the experience of good times and bad
that will enlighten both daughter and son.
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