Today, my father would have been 91 years old. On Sunday as the graduates walk across the stage, I'll quietly mark the 8 years since his passing. Then on the 10th, my mother will recall the nearly 57 years they had together, as she marks what would have been their 65th wedding anniversary. I tried to find a picture of them together to share, but couldn't find many because dad was always behind the camera. Here's one I took of them with William from the summer of 2008.
Here's my poem for this month's challenge, offered up today for my dad.
Things to do in May …
Bittersweet this month’s refrain
with joy and laughter, tears and pain
Send graduates into the world
watch April flowers come unfurled
Observe the world with life renewed
as geese and ducks corral their broods
Honor our mothers for all that they do
and those without children who mother us too
Commemorate troops strong and brave
place flags upon their silent graves
Celebrate my father’s birth
mourn his passing from this earth
Before May passes into June
spend some time one afternoon
remembering all that’s good and true
the happy, the sad, the me and you.
Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2017. All rights reserved.
You can read the poems written by my poetry sisters at the links below.
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup. Happy poetry Friday friends!