I woke up crying late at night
when I was very young.
I had dreamed my father
had passed away and gone.

My world revolved around him
I couldnt lay there anymore.
So I made my way down the mirrored hall
and tapped upon his door.

And I said "Daddy, I'm so afraid
how will I go on with you gone that way?
Don't wanna cry anymore
so may I stay with you?"

And he said "That's my job,
that's what I do.
Everything I do is because of you,
To keep you safe with me.
That's my job you see."

Later we barely got along
this teenage boy and he.
Most of the fights it seems
were over different dreams,
we each held for me.

He wanted knowledge and learning.
I wanted to fly out west.
Said, "I could make it out there
if I just had the fare.
I got half, will you loan me the rest?"

And I said "Daddy, I'm so afraid,
there's no guarantee in the plans
I've made and if I should fail,
who will pay my way back home?"

And he said "That's my job
that's what I do.
Everything I do is because of you
to keep you safe with me.
That's my job you see."

Every person carves his spot
and fills the hole with light.
And I pray someday I might
light as bright as he.

Woke up early one bright fall day
to spread the tragic news.
After all my travel, I settled down
within a mile or two.

I make my living with words and rhyme
and all this tragedy
Should go into my head and out instead
as bits of poetry.

But I say "Daddy, I'm so afraid,
how will I go on with you gone this way?
How can I come up with a song to say
I love you?"

That's my job, That's what I do
Everything I do is because of you
to keep you safe with me.
That's my job you see.
Everything I do is because of you
to keep you safe with me.

I'll miss you, Daddy. I love you.


- hfs


Jen said...

I'm so sorry. If there is anything at all we can do, call.

Jenn said...

I love you....anytime, anywhere you let me know.

Mary said...

You have the memories and I've sent you a separate e-mail

Take care

John of Argghhh! said...

Well, there's an empty chair at the table, but a new setting at Fiddler's Green.

He gave us you - that's enough to qualify for a good life, well lived, eh?

Pogue said...

I know that the condolences of a stranger do little to ease the pain, but your family is in my prayers. Take care...

Anonymous said...

and to add...I agree 100% with "John of Argghhh!"

maryhuff2001 said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you all.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your loss and our prayers are with you.

Cassandra said...

Oh sweetie. I am so sorry.

If you feel like talking, drop me a line or call.

socialism_is_error said...

God blessed each of you with the other.

In time, you will hold each other again; until then, once the tears have dried, you will remember and smile.

Barb said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. John said it well - you are your father's gift to us.

AFSister said...

John's right. Our children are our legacy.. and what a legacy your father has left us with.
God bless you all as you grieve.

Miss Ladybug said...

My sincerest condolences for your loss...

Stacy said...

I am so sorry. You and your family will be in my thoughts.

liberal army wife said...

Oh my dear - I'm so sorry. I hope you remember only the good times, and the love. May they comfort you today.

LAW and her DH.

MaryAnn said...

I'm so very sorry to hear this, HfS. My deepest condolences.

BillT said...

He's still there to keep you safe, you know. You'll feel a gentle touch on quiet nights when the rest of the world is too sleepy to intrude...the soft kiss on your cheek of a cool puff of air when there's no wind...

FKA Haole Girl said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss. Lots of prayers for you and your family.

Annie said...

I love that pictue of you and your dad. He's got that "Daddy love" look on his face. You think maybe our Daddy's might meet up yonder and discuss their daughters - the daughters that they are so proud of? I kind of like that idea.

Tucker said...

Thoughts and prayers to your and your family. Nothing can replace a father's love, but the memories you shared will live on forever. God Bless.

Bou said...

I saw your comment at Lex's regarding the loss of your father. I felt the need to tell you... how truly sorry I am for your loss. My heart aches for you... as I cannot imagine the pain. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers...

Trish | eMailOurMilitary said...

I'm so sorry. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your father. My dad was born in 1928 and he passed in 2000. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss him or think of him but I'm so thankful for the opportunity to have him as long as I did. Let the memories of the good times you shared together comfort and sustain you during this difficult time.

Bruce Jones said...


I agree with BillT, he's still with you. God keep you.

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