I Held Your Hand

I Held Your Hand

A Poem by Frances Smart
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A poem in memory of my adoptive father, the love of my life

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I held your hand,
And thought about how
When I was small,
We walked to the pond,
You and I, hand in hand,
On our farm in Arkansas
 
I held your hand,
And thought about how
You would ask me to
Stand on the boards
As you sawed them in half
To hold them still
As if my thirty pound body
Could have held anything still
But you wanted to spend time with me
 
I held your hand,
And thought about how
You were there for my baptism,
For the awards ceremony
Honoring my community service
When I was just twelve,
You were there the day
I placed third
In the state spelling bee
To let me know how proud you were
To call me daughter
 
I held your hand
As you told me that
You never felt as if
I actually had to
Be your daughter in fact
For you to love me
As you told me
That loving me was just something
You felt called by God to do
As you told me
How you married my grandmother
Because you loved me
Because you wanted to be
A father to me
Because you wanted
To give me a home
 
I held your hand
As you lay dying
Old and gray
Tired and worn
Gasping for air
But I didn’t see a man
Old and gray
Tired and worn
Gasping for air
 
I held your hand
And saw a man
Who held my hand
As we walked to the pond
Who asked me to stand on boards
To hold them still
Who loved me enough
To be there for the most important
Events of my life
And then loved me enough
To let me go
When it was time
 
I held your hand,
As you lay dying
And thought about
The kind of parent I
Wanted to be
And how,
At the end of my life
I want my daughter
To hold my hand
And be touched by
The legacy of love
I will leave for her
And her children

© 2008 Frances Smart


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This is sentimental, timeless, beautifully written, endearing and vivid,
colorful touching, the wording creates a powerful emotional impression on the heart,
transports the heart to another place and time, loving and embracing,
innocent and touching poem, I loved it, thanks for sharing.

Posted 14 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.



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Ah, I truly loved this. It made me tear up in remembrance of my own adoptive father who I saw as my only true father and my hero. He has passed away as well, and in my weakness, I could not be there when he finally passed. I applaud your piece and how much you loved your father is most certainly felt.

Posted 9 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

this is very over welming to me. my mom died at 43 years old,its very hard to see the ones u love take there last breath. it hurts deep inside but i know what u mean all the good and happy times you shared that could and will never be replaced but we can past all this on to our children and there's.thank you so much for sharing this with me it really means a lot to me really.sorry i haven't read this sooner i was'nt feeling well.im glad i got a chance to today. :)

Posted 13 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is sentimental, timeless, beautifully written, endearing and vivid,
colorful touching, the wording creates a powerful emotional impression on the heart,
transports the heart to another place and time, loving and embracing,
innocent and touching poem, I loved it, thanks for sharing.

Posted 14 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

that was very peaceful. good work keep it up

Posted 14 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


Sweet reminiscence...your poem is filled with special moments, moods, bonds of love and contentment.

What cheerful thoughts and pleasant escapes...!

Posted 14 Years Ago


2 of 2 people found this review constructive.

these sentiments are beautiful and sad all in the same, I feel your love spilled all over this page, you possess a wonderful heart and I can feel your pride and adoration for this man. well done.
Antony

Posted 14 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wow. This is raw, honest, passionate and endearing. What a beautiful way to remember your guardian angel. What a fine man he must have been. Humans like this deserve memoirs such as this one.

"As you told me
How you married my grandmother
Because you loved me"

Wow. Nice write.

Posted 14 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Frances Smart
Frances Smart

Charlotte, NC



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I'm divorced, 46, a ten-year military veteran with two college degrees, one in English education and one in theology. I am the non-custodial parent of two delightful children, and girl and a boy, ages.. more..

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