Eulogy for your fathers
When the time comes, you will
Not need the words. Whether
He was someone whose love
Shone softly like a lamp on a piano
Or like the highbeams of a car
Arriving just in time. Whether his deeds
Went unnoticed by anyone but you,
Whether he cared for nobody but you,
Defended you until death or until
your first step into your own perilous
Maturity, I have the words for you.
Tell the others to remember how
From a man he grew into a father and that
Though from father he fell into a featureless
Future, dying as a shadow of himself
that he first was someone light itself
Had to bend around. Tell them you
Don’t need the words. You had a father.
So very beautiful, Jeff, and profound! “That he first was someone light had to bend itself around”!!!!
Yes. That line.
I will think of it when I help bring new babies into this world Jeff. And I will tell it to the parents. Light bending all around their newborn. I will quote your poem and your name. You will be included in many beginnings.
Those families are lucky to have you share their first moments! Thank you, Jessa..