Wednesday, 18 December 2013

In Memory of Dad

Friday the thirteenth, late at night
The telephone gives us a fright
The nursing home where dear Dad lay
So peaceful when we went today

Has one last duty to perform
Harbinger of a sadder dawn.
Dad’s hold on life has ebbed away
His soul has taken flight today.

Safe and at peace; and we who mourn
Bless the star when he was born
Two months older than Mandela
Like him, a caring thoughtful fellow.

A navigator in World War II
Mum fell for this young man in blue
Because right from the very start
Tom wrote poems from the heart.

The war was ending, they were wed
So fast have sixty-eight years sped
Fully employed and never ill
Active in retirement still:

A sportsman on the tennis court
Lover of English which he taught
Helping the young to get ahead
Education stands them in good stead.

Her life bound up in Dad’s embrace
Mum’s now alone and has to face
The future – an uncharted map
Where we, her children, fill the gap.

We’re a loving family, very small
On whom she knows that she can call
As well as all her friends who care
As she enters bravely this new sphere.

(c) Poet in the woods 2013



  1. margy waugh@yahoo.com19 December 2013 at 07:31

    My very sincere condolences to you and your family. Your poem of today says it all, Am so happy for you that were able to be with your Dad before his passing. As they say when people we love become a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. Lots of love margy

  2. Meaningful words on a sad occasion, but also celebrating your dad's life. My mother used to like writing poems, and when she died I found a lovely one written to my dad on a wedding anniversary. It relived their meeting, wedding and subsequent family. I read it at her funeral 9 years ago.