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One Hundred Reasons

One Hundred Reasons

A Poem by Kelly Scheppers

One Hundred Reasons

 

 

 

 

I came across a book today,
of one hundred reasons
why a daughter needs a Dad.

I thought of how apropos it was -
that in all my years of being without one
I could have written a book myself.

Perhaps, it would have been a best seller by now
sitting on the shelf of a Barnes & Noble,
aimlessly lost in the bargain bin
of “how-to” books,
of better homes and gardens
and learning photography.

 

I fumbled through the first fifty reasons,

deciding upon page sixty-eight

to buy it and take it home,
to wait for the 26th day of June
for what would have been

my Dad’s 94th birthday.


In all likelihood

my own list will grow...
immeasurably so.





 

© 2020 Kelly Scheppers


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Powerful and heartfelt! You need only one reason--cos he is Dad! I recently made a video about my father--check it out https://youtu.be/5VdAOFWgXsM

Posted 1 Day Ago


Such a poignant and elegant eulogy to your father. Powerful in its love and its loss. I guess such books are consigned to the bargain bin simply because they are painfully personal and we mostly wish to forget the pain.

Posted 5 Days Ago


Kelly Scheppers

4 Days Ago

...thank you, John. The warmth of your words resonate here.
Sounds like a nice book, but a better poem. There was an episode of some older show about 100 questions that make you go hmm, I'd imagine there would be a lot if that reading that book, at least I'd hope so. Tyfs

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Week Ago

...thank you most kindly!
Kelly, so great to see you!
Such a beautiful and moving poem you've penned. He'd no doubt be proud to see what a beautiful woman you've become.
Hope you're doing well out there and staying safe.


Posted 1 Month Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Month Ago

Dearest Ana, how wonderful it is, seeing you, too! I hope this crazy world is treating you kind. T.. read more
Ana Papaya

1 Month Ago

Kinder than most. I'm pretty lucky. And you're welcome of course. :)
Hi dear Kelly! Hope you, Ollie, et all are doing well and staying safe. Your lovely poem shows the very complex nature of the relationship between fathers and daughters. I am so sorry that you lost your father so early in life. No matter when they leave, they create a vast void in your heart. Your love for him infuses all of your lines here. I'm sure he is greatly honored by your touching poetic tribute. Blessings.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Annette. Your words carry much weight in my book! xo
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Gee
Yours taken at six mine upped sticks and cleared off. A positive for me is that instead of having a bad role model I had none so was able to fashion myself, dad wise, into the old man that I would have wanted to raise me. And, even if I say so my self, I've not done a bad job:).
Beautiful words Kelly.
Hope you are well.


Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

Much appreciate your visit and the sentiment of your words, Gordon. Thank you so kindly.
Gee

2 Months Ago

My pleasure Kelly
Hello Kelly. A long time since you posted it seems. It has been tough for you not having a Dad around and this poem written for what would have been his 94th birthday, a reminder to you of just how long he hasn't been there for you. The pain never really goes does it? My Dad gone thirty years ago. Still miss him so, and my granddaughter who lost her Dad when she was ten months old. Regardless of how little time you had with him, he will always be your Dad and that bond is unbreakable. Hope you are keeping well . Sending you all good wishes from the other side of the pond.

Chris

Posted 2 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

Thank you, Chris. The kindness of your words touch me deeply. Hope all is well on the other side o.. read more

You might not have had him for long.. certainly not long enough.. but I have no doubt whatsoever you share an unconditional and reciprocal love..

Your words above are responsible for the lump in my throat.. that ache never goes entirely, does it..





Posted 3 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

2 Months Ago

No, it doesn't Nev. Thank you kindly, my friend!
Neville

2 Months Ago


am sorry to say ya welcome Kelly, but you are and more than :)
...happy birthday, Daddy! How I wish I were the woman I am today, and not the little girl who lost you.

Posted 3 Months Ago


wow ... i have been a grandson, a son, a Dad with daughters .. all of it floods my mind in reading this .. absent Dads come in many forms ... just being around isn't enough .. the daughter/father relationship is so important ... as is the son/mother ... its a natural thing ... parenting books are written galore ... but they are of little use as we write our own as we go .. doing as best we can .. the loss of the Father in this poem is deep and sad ... her own book "aimlessly lost in the bargain bin" i see myself trying to go through them .. i have tried .. a fruitless task that i give up on pretty quick .. each "reason gone through more and more heartbreaking and bewildering ... the first 50 ...such a weight begins to grow on me ...page sixty eight and it goes home with her ..waiting for his Birthday to read more ... i do hope some of those reasons can be made to feel as if they are her own .. some place of joy though not real in her experience ... otherwise i read the next 50 and more and more fire sears through my heart .. such and emotive poem for me ... though not a daughter i very easily fell right into her experiences ... it makes me go to prayer for all of us actually .. well done Kelly ... straightforward story telling ... i don't need character details they are universal to me ... strong imaging with the books and pages ... love the bin and Barnes and Noble ... peace and love to ya girl! ;) great to see you post anew!

Posted 3 Months Ago


Kelly Scheppers

3 Months Ago

I believe my heart beats a little faster whenever I see a review from you. Consider yourself hugged.. read more
Einstein Noodle

3 Months Ago

awwwwwww ... you made my day! :) back at ya Kelly!

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Kelly Scheppers

San Diego, CA



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