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About A Parent (amended)

by Karl Waldbauer

(to my father, July 3, 2004)

When the rage inside subsides,
when disappointment starts to fade,
when I can hear your words
(once again feeling you touch my heart),
then will I finally know peace.

(Epilogue, September 18, 2004)

When I heard your voice as you lay dying,
when you said “I love you very much”,
when you squeezed my hand in your final moments
(touching me as you never had before),
then did we find our peace, together.


Author's Note: My father died on September 13, 2004. I held his hand as he slipped away peacefully that night. It was his 87th birthday.

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Posted on 09/19/2004
Copyright © 2022 Karl Waldbauer

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Thomas K. Hunt on 09/19/04 at 05:01 AM

true feelings expressed from the heart of love...no words can ease the pain..it subsides with time...very touching and very well written. I'm sorry for your loss

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 09/20/04 at 01:13 PM

karl... my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this time... i remember the first poem, as it struck me so... this one has floored me... beautiful symmetry and portrayal of the duality and polarity of relationships... you have captured this essence well... brilliant, my friend... may you feel that peace... blessings...

Posted by Laura Doom on 09/20/04 at 10:36 PM

Touching is the apposite description - especially poignant was the title, an impersonal introduction, but appropriate in the light of your piece as a whole.

Posted by Max Bouillet on 09/26/04 at 01:53 AM

There is saddness to this piece, but also it tells the story of a regret that will never happen. Touching words and emotion that fills the heart with warmth. Thank you for sharing this tremendously powerful verse.

Posted by Maryellen Lebeda-Parra on 11/06/04 at 08:15 AM

wonderful that you heard those words. i can't remember the last time either of my parents told me that they love me.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 04/02/06 at 12:55 AM

A beautiful. touching piece. Sad, but loving. Very well done tribute to your Dad. I'm glad the two of you made peace at the end.

Posted by Mo Couts on 06/15/11 at 06:42 PM

This is both beautiful and quite sad. I'm sorry that you suffered a great loss, but glad that peace was made at the end.

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