Poem for a father

Poem for a father

A Chapter by Ana Papaya
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I've never seen tears
in my father's eyes
mother sits quietly holding his hand
she's much braver than I am
I thought I was the stronger one
until I met a dying man


© 2020 Ana Papaya


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It's kind of selfish to say this but it's true...

It takes a whole lot of strength to watch someone die that you care about and carry on right after.

Grieving is, it just sucks. Delayed or not. I don't know how to review this properly, I never really figured out how to review something like this properly.


Posted 1 Year Ago


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Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

Thank you. Your comment is just fine.



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The inevitability of life is that it is finite. How we cope, we can never really know until the moment comes. My father is 73, has a pretty serious condition, but treats it as if it were no more than a minor inconvenience.

I have never seen tears in his eyes either, but there are tears in mine as I read and reflect on this heartfelt poem.

Beccy.


Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

Thank you very much for finding this one.
Very much appreciate the comment, Beccy
:)
Beccy

10 Months Ago

I liken scrolling the back pages of writer's cafe to beachcombing in the early morning; you never k.. read more
Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

So true!! :)(:
I have done this hurtful sort of thing much too often and not with just parents
the being born brochure thingy didn't include the hurty bits
an unfortunate oversight
very nicely written

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

11 Months Ago

Hey Dave, thank you for reading this one. :)
And you are brave for writing this powerful piece. Well done!

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

Thanks so much Carina.

you have said far more in these six lines than many might say in a lifetime.. I visited the ocean today, the precise spot where I scattered my parents combined ashes last year.. and I was reminded of the value of tears... Neville

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

what a romantic ending. that's beautiful.
Neville

1 Year Ago


………………………………….. :)
Wow, Ana, the last line - so very powerful and unexpected, as death can be despite knowing it is inevitable for all of us. Beautifully written and very moving..

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

Your comment is very appreciated. Thank you.
It pains me to make the assumption, this was truly felt, the last sentence really gives the read a short of shock and awe feeling. I wish you well Ana

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

Thanks Antonio. I appreciate that.
This is so emotional and thoughtful. Beautiful.

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

Thank you for the kind comment on this one.
This poem echoes my thoughts about my mum's strength when my father was dying. When we visited him for the last time, I thought I was dying. His last days crippled me to the point I could barely move and yet, my mother found tremendous resilience. I put that down to living through the war years. My Dad's vulnerability was incredibly difficult to deal with. He had been the backbone of the family. Very moving write Ana. So much feeling in this brief poem. It resonates and I understand.

Chris

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

Thanks very much for that Chris.
It would be a very fortunate life lived if one never had to go through what you describe. Your words are powerful.

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

Thank you Samuel.
sometimes the person dying is the strongest...those close can barely hold it together.
this is so sad....thoughts and prayers to you, Ana.
j.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

1 Year Ago

Thank you for that, Jacob.

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