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Death of an Unmet Man
January 3, 2012
3:40 pm
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Today I found out my father had died

I was surprised to find tears on my cheeks

To feel the achy hollowness of grief

 

All this for a man notable only by his absense

The star of Momma's rants and rages

Childhood's boogeyman

Never there, never come but ever present

 

James Britton Nelson,I never knew you

But you taught me well

Because of your sterling negative example

" You're just like your father"

Is not a slap in the face to my child

 

Rest in Peace, James Britton Nelson

Defined more by what you did not do

Than ever by what you have done

 

Perhaps,if I had known you

I'd find I am unfair.

We will never know

All paths to 'what if' are eternally closed

 

For my own peace,

I forgive you.

"Commit random acts of kindness and sensible acts of beauty." author unknown
January 3, 2012
6:50 pm
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Judy, This is an amazing piece of work.  It makes me, the reader, wonder if these words are personal feelings expressed by you.  No need to clarify.  It's touching and lovely.  Carole

January 4, 2012
4:38 pm
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Well said.

-But you taught me well.

"Your just like your father"

Is not a slap in the face to my child.

A valued lesson for those of us that share a parent like the one you wrote about.

January 4, 2012
5:45 pm
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Judy, it takes true love to conquer the mistakes of someone, especially a parent. Taking those mistakes and learning from them, instead of harboring hate, also shows great honor and courage. To do this brings credit to the father, whether he deserves it or not. This is the way it should be, showing respect for our parents. Like this says, we may never know the whole truth about him or the trials of his life. Judgement is not ours to give. I am impressed with this writing. 

I am a man with one distinguishing manner. I view life as a nonstop roll by circus. Whatever my senses signal to my brain, it is received as humor.
January 4, 2012
5:53 pm
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Forgewrite, You always say just the right thing to our members. In my opinion that was a Wonderful reply to Judy.  Carole

January 4, 2012
6:33 pm
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It's easy to shine with good material to work with. I have become so passionate about writing, Thanks to Thoughtsinc.

I am a man with one distinguishing manner. I view life as a nonstop roll by circus. Whatever my senses signal to my brain, it is received as humor.

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