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The Shadow Box
by Janet Brice Parker
Monday, January 24, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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I made a shadow box for you
to lead me forward onto the road of healing.
Eighty-seven years
in a nine by twelve compartment.

From childhood until the last cruise,
in such a small container.

A connect-the-dots biography
where lines trigger memories
to fill in the blanks.
A life so rich, brimming over with
stories told in vibrant hues.

An account of a life arduously
seeking knowledge in hundreds of
life’s arenas.

The last book you read made you sad.
I wish I had told you not to read it.
But you were your own person
and your decisions were firm, solid.

You were ashamed of the tears that
came with age, and felt confused
about a deep sensitivity you had not known before.
You’re handkerchief was drawn
from your pocket to your eyes in many situations.

You loved me so much and I loved you the same.
You hung on because you didn’t want to leave me.
I told you that you were free to go.
To see your mother, father and sister
“How do they know I’m coming?” you asked.
“They just do.”

“Daddy, do you know Jesus?”
“Oh, YES, Oh YES” and you took
your last breath.

A shadow box does not describe your
A life in the sun, outside the shadows.
But I look at it, and recall.


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Reviewed by Handsum Hart 1/24/2005
A splendid and touching tribute!
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 1/24/2005
excellent piece....great metaphors here
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/24/2005
Wonderful write!
Reviewed by jude forese 1/24/2005
beautiful poem, extremely well written ...
Reviewed by Pamela Kimmell 1/24/2005
Really, truly, achingly beautiful poetry Janet.
Reviewed by Dave Harm 1/24/2005
Very well done. Brought back memories of my Dad, battling back tears in his later years and how "unmanly" it was.
Reviewed by Phillip William Allen 1/24/2005
A pen of love remembered.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 1/24/2005
I hope when my time comes to go my daughter will feel the same sadness and sense of lost that you do but be able to deal with it so strongly and wisely. A wonderful tribute to your Dad

Reviewed by George Jackson 1/24/2005
I was very moved by this wonderful poem.
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/24/2005
I think that Eileen said it so well in this one. Thanks for sharing this poignant write.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/24/2005
Janet I'm in tears, you wrote this from deep within your beautiful heart. A wonderful remembrance of your father, reminding me of mine
Thank you for sharing this gem.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/24/2005
I don't think I have ever read a more beautiful tribute.

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