Elegy for Dad

There were six of us in total

For the deed of burying you and so it is

That I know that it is right and just

To say here that all shall be

The better if you just stood and got damned for

Being all you were – a man who achieved what no-one appreciated

Crossing to seas and then another to make it

To my mother’s heart.  I will be

Then and there the one

Who remits this to those who go

And come without necessary reading

Of the tongue of you and not mine

For I will be the better for this

Now I know how sad

I am.

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22 comments
  1. What I really like about this is:

    Being all you were – a man who achieved what no-one appreciated

    I think this is too common for many persons… in the end though for those close there is a difference…

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    • Thank you – that wasn’t the least of his assets – there was a family who hated him (except me obviously who had to witness it) and there was a wife who drowned at an early age of 64 and they all took it in turns to hate him since while he suffered the lone soiree into times night. Bye

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  2. This, for me, is the crux of it:
    “For I will be the better for this”

    Pain and loss, however awful, truly do grow us into something more. Whether we like it or not.
    A beautiful, complicated tribute.

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    • Yes, I am the better for it, and thank you for taking the time to comment too. Bless you! B

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  3. I especially loved this line: “Crossing to seas and then another to make it/to my mother’s heart.” That says a lot about a man. Your ending line was very powerful. Thank you for sharing your poem, Bioman.

    Gayle ~

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    • Thank you Gayle – it was a great d-Verse today, I enjoyed the thought provoking theme and so I dig You, Dear! Have a good one! Bruce

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      • I’m feeling very satisfied that you liked it, Bruce…thank you!
        Gayle ~

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  4. “Being all you were – a man who achieved what no-one appreciated

    Crossing to seas and then another to make it

    To my mother’s heart. ” strong yet tender lines appreciating the journey…a heartfelt tribute….

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  5. A great tribute and quite the parallel. I am one of six, son of a seafaring man. Thank you for this, Bioman!

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  6. lillian said:

    A complicated rendering of feelings upon the loss. But isn’t all of life, and hence death, complicated?

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    • yes – sorry your comment got lost in the spam folder – no it is and it isn’t but say this – that one loses a lot of time going to Church when one is young and then finding in the end that it is without the need to for it is of all of us, not a few.

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  7. Mish said:

    What struck me the most was the last line “Now I know how sad I am”.
    It sounds like your father was a very interesting man and certainly moved by the power of love.
    Thanks for joining in at dVerse.

    ~Mish~

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  8. I resonate with the lines about him not being appreciated for the man he was, as is often the case, in this life. I love him crossing seas to find your mother’s heart, and I feel your sadness in your closing lines. Beautifully done.

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    • Wow thank you Sherry for the words of support – they are much appreciated. B

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  9. kim881 said:

    I agree with all of the above. I also especially love the lines:
    ‘Crossing to seas and then another to make it
    To my mother’s heart.’

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    • Thank you – I’ve never had so many comments! Thank you everybody for taking the time to stop be and chat! Lovely! B

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