FINAL ACT OF FATHERHOOD (a sonnet filled with love for my dad)
by Marie Elena
As you declined in health, we traded roles.
You, once a leader, now deferred to me.
Our switched positions jolted and left holes.
An altered beat, but how it had to be.
Your mind became confused, and body, frail.
I know you mourned your slipping stance as dad.
But in the end, your core was what prevailed –
Your father-teacher heart was ironclad.
I wanted terribly to be with you
When your heart halted beat, and breathed its last.
I told you I’d be back in “just a few.”
That short time I was gone, was when you passed.
It wasn’t happenstance. I think in fact,
It was a father’s final loving act.
© Marie Elena Good, 2018
Oh, Marie. This brings tears. You are so much on my mind and heart these past few weeks. I love you.
Thank you sweet friend. ❤
And now I cry. Beautiful, Marie.
Thank you, David. ❤
Such a wonderful, heartfelt tribute. I feel I know your father through your words, and I like him so much. The sonnet is wonderful (and the photo – priceless).
Thank you, Nurit. ❤
“It wasn’t happenstance.” To see your Mom and Dad through your words has been such a blessing.
Thank you, Debi. Sometimes I think I share too much. But I feel compelled to honor them, and the only way I can now is through my words. I’m sure that aspect won’t last much longer. But thank you … you are kind.