it's been twenty years

it's been twenty years

A Poem by Lydia


“Lynn” pastel portrait of a blonde woman in black
by Jill Stefani Wagner, PSA








it’s been twenty years, daddy
i’ve aged more than the calendar shows
not sure you would even know me now
even the tulips in my garden are drooping
they reflect my melancholy 

my dance card has only smudged memories
of the days when i heard your laughter
saw that small space between your two front teeth
smelled your after shave
and felt your love

you always said,
“life is in the etceteras
so pilfer what you can”
so, yea,  i’ve stolen back my own life
but i’m just an orphaned thief now
there’s no one to remember 
the good old-bad old days
except me
and that’s little consolation today
because it’s been twenty years, daddy

© 2014 Lydia



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Author's Note

Lydia
missing my father after twenty years....such a long time

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For one reason or another, I have been missing my mother and father so much lately...
I read your poem and it truly touched my heart..

my dance card has only smudged memories
of the days when i heard your laughter
saw that small space between your two front teeth
smelled your after shave
and felt your love

Hold those memories close Lydi.
Your poem is lovely. Going into my favorites
:) Julie

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

Must be that "super moon" we had....who knows? Yes, I know you were close to your parents as I was .. read more



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I beautiful ode to your father. If you only knew how much I can relate to this soft hearted memorial. I lost my own father 35 years ago.

Posted 7 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

6 Months Ago

We never forget them, do we? Thank you for your warm review. Lydi**
Michael G. Smith

6 Months Ago

We can't because we are part of their DNA and I believe it's that living part which constantly griev.. read more
oh that is so sad, i loved this work so much, and i loved how you remembered him with the smallest things a person cn think about.. i loved this work Madam /

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

Thank you very much for your kind review. Lydi**
stars are far

3 Years Ago

it is always my pleasure
This one caught me off guard in a very sentimental way. Even though I already knew the subject matter would touch the heart, your words have me reaching for a hankie. So very lovely.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

When it comes to my parents, my emotions run deep. thank you for letting me know how the words effe.. read more
I felt the emotions reading this poem. I do cherish every moment spent with my parents. Very inspiring

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Anika. Lydi**
Anika Morris

3 Years Ago

You are most welcome
I am in love with this poem because I too, have lost my father 3 years ago and it feels like 20 years ago...thank you for this beautiful piece of fine poetry dear Lydia.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

I'm sorry you have lost your father too. It leaves a hole in one's life that can never be filled. .. read more
A beautiful and sad poem. I see my father's face in my face now. I lost him in 1996.
“life is in the etceteras
so pilfer what you can”
The above lines I did like. We become like our parent in many ways. I hear my Grandfather wisdom and I learn. Each day is another to try to be kind and helpful. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry. Made me think this morning.
Coyote

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

Yes, we do turn into our parents in many ways, John...but actually that is not such a bad thing. Th.. read more
Coyote Poetry

3 Years Ago

The artwork and words were amazing my friend. A poem to create thoughts.
For one reason or another, I have been missing my mother and father so much lately...
I read your poem and it truly touched my heart..

my dance card has only smudged memories
of the days when i heard your laughter
saw that small space between your two front teeth
smelled your after shave
and felt your love

Hold those memories close Lydi.
Your poem is lovely. Going into my favorites
:) Julie

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

Must be that "super moon" we had....who knows? Yes, I know you were close to your parents as I was .. read more
Your love for your father shines through your every line Lady Lydi.They are gone but we miss them still and always will.You have penned this so brilliantly and from the heart my sweet friend :)

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

Vidya, I appreciate your warm and wonderful review. Lydi**
Vidya Bacchus

3 Years Ago

You are welcome my friend :)
dearest Lydi... Your Father surely
lives on through you. We are blessed
that you were blessed. Your Father knows
you have become more beautiful through
the years... reflected in your soul.
Life is a garden of flowers blooming
in seasons of change.... always seeking
Nourishment from sunshine and rain.
truly laden with lovely memories.
Affectionately... Pat

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

Pat, your words are not only poetry, but so very compassionae. I thank you from my heart! Lydi**
Patricia Wedel

3 Years Ago

Lydi dear... You are welcome. I love your
poems about family with memories of laughter
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Yes he has, very positive. Whenever we get to talk about it, which is hardly ever, he just makes a joke of things and says that's he's calculated he has to live at least until he's eighty to get all his money back from the thieves that look after his pension. As you say, we can learn a lot.

Beccy.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Lydia

3 Years Ago

Indeed, Beccy....and enjoy every day you have with him.

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