Eulogy for your fathers

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.

3 thoughts on “Eulogy for your fathers

    1. jessamayann

      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.

      Reply

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