28 Years Later

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Can you imagine infinity as a 10 year old?

Yet now, 28 Years Later, I think it’s no time at all

I know you’ve been with me, all this while, watching, 

I grew from a child, into a girl, then a daughter.


There were times when I wished you weren’t there,

private moments, intimacies, melancholic memories,

I silently searched for you to surprise me,

my wedding, a fatherly hug when I was found lost.


So where are you? Wandering clouds? Catching winds?

Are you part of the Energy when you entered the Earth?

I see you in the things that I love, their beauty,

the old grey horse at the yard, music you played.


I’m still mourning lack of fathers, fractured souls and friends

i’ve mourned in the catacombs of my darkened heart’s den.

As a girl, a mum, a wife, a daughter lost in death,

I’ve grown up in spite of the things I have left.


Now I am happier, remembering your face,

the sketchy images of the childhood embrace,

today it has been a long time since you died 

but I will remember you with love on my side.

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Emma Stradling

Sun 24th May 2015 11:23

Thanks for your comments.

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Harry O'Neill

Sat 23rd May 2015 15:21

Very sincere reminiscence.

For me, Line fourteen is a very fine line of poetry.

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John Coopey

Tue 19th May 2015 20:02

Very poignant without being maudlin, Emma.
My own dad shook a six a few months ago. I think about him when I hear the song "The Living Years".

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Emma Stradling

Tue 19th May 2015 15:13

Thank you both. Brought a smile to my face.

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Helen Elliott

Tue 19th May 2015 14:33

Emma-Jane this is beautifully expressed. I love poetry that comes from an honest, lived place. Thank you for sharing.

Preeti Sinha

Tue 19th May 2015 14:19

This is so beautiful. Your loss is palpable without the overuse of drama or forcibly making words work for you.

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