Tuesday, November 3, 2009


When I was sixteen

My boyfriend was “The One”

Handsome, smart, respectful,

He also was your son


You were a caring father to us both

Watching our love and lives progressing

And when your son proposed to me

You gave us both your blessing


The years ahead brought grandchildren

You thought them all so clever

Until the doctors told the news

That changed our lives forever


There should have been a cure

But Papa, they couldn’t make you stay

We watched you take your final breath

And God took you away


Your suffering is over now

But you didn’t want to go!

And we can’t hear your happiness

As you watch our children grow


God took you for some golden purpose

At the age of fifty-seven

But my heart can’t understand

Why you must watch us from heaven 


  1. My sympathy and condolences again, Diana. Fifty-seven is too young. I'm sorry.

  2. *hugs*
    57 is far too young. Your poem has me sniffling. *big hugs*

  3. So sorry about you're father-in-law. Beautiful and touching poem. Missed your posts. My condolences to you and your family.

  4. What a lovely poem. So sorry for your loss! You'll be in my prayers.

  5. 57 is so young, Diana that is a beautiful post and i'm so sorry for your loss


  6. What a beautiful tribute to your father-in-law. I'll remember you and your family in my prayers.

  7. Beautiful poem. I'm so sorry for your loss

  8. I keep coming back to read your poem. It is so beautiful and poignant. Hope you are doing o.k.

  9. Thank you everyone. I'm not a poet, but a post seemed so impossible.

    Our family is managing. We're trying to remember the happy times but it's hard not to think ahead. It just won't be the same without him.

    Thanks again for the support and hugs. You're all wonderful :)

  10. The poem was a beautiful memorial, Diana. 57 is so very young - far, far too young. I am sorry for your loss.

  11. Thinking of you and missing you, Diana. Hugs.

  12. Hi hun. Just stopping in to let you know I gave you an award over at my blog -hugs-

  13. This made me suddenly choke on tears...I didn't see that coming!