Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

My father passed away in January, so this first Father's Day without him is particularly tough. Today, in his honor, I'm posting this poem that I found on Billy Collins' 180 Days of Poetry site (by the way, the site itself is pretty should check it out). It's the kind of poem I think my father would have written for me:

For My Daughter by David Ignatow

When I die choose a star
and name it after me
that you may know
I have not abandoned
or forgotten you.
You were such a star to me,
following you through birth
and childhood, my hand in your hand.

When I die
choose a star and name it
after me so that I may shine
down on you, until you join
me in darkness and silence


Marianne Arkins said...

I don't know if it ever gets easier... I'm almost 2 decades past losing my dad and I still miss him terribly.

Hang in there.

mld said...

It has been ten years since my Dad passed away in January and I miss him very much. I loved that poem. Thanks for sharing.

Diane Craver said...

My dad died 30 years ago. I still miss him and think of him often.

Thanks for posting the special poem!