What do you reckon Dad?

I know I shed a tear or two
When father slipped the coil
The day he died and also when
They covered him with soil

I knew he wasn’t coming back
But somehow for a while
I told myself it wasn’t real
But I was in denial

This bloke who did the service
made the old man sound like god
A preacher man he’d never met
And I found it rather odd

He claimed that god was ready
for all sinners who believed
And spoke of dust and ashes
As around the grave we grieved

I never thought my father
Had offered god his life
and yet it seems god took him
leaving six kids and a wife

God is just so thoughtful
How could she cope with seven?
Two years before he’d taken
Baby Sally up to heaven

With all the bull they fed us
And the roller-coaster ride
I never really grieved his loss
I kept it all inside

I used to think it served me well
That I acted so heroic
Boys don’t cry lad, be a man
Stiff upper lip and stoic.

It may be why I seem to cry
Somebody else’s tears
When my father reached my age
He’d been dead eleven years

He never even left a note
A message or a letter
I wish the bastard hadn’t died
And I’d got to know him better :-)

What do you reckon Dad?

Matt Penfold

Joined December 2008

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This is one of those things inspired by something else I read on RedBubble, The day my dad left this world and what he left behind by Mr Nolan started me wondering about why I don’t really cry about my own losses yet I blubber about other’s losses and tragedies. I hope I don’t become too boring and poor meish, I’m not hunting for sympathy, It’s often only in writing that I can express some of the things I feel. In fact I think life is just one big joke and with any luck the punch line is a long way off :-)

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

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