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That's My Dad
by Smokey Lonesome
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
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this is dedicated to the man that married my mother when I was 2 years old, adopted and raised me as his own. He passed away on May 19, 2005.
. . .I love you Dad.

  Dedicated to Harold C. Hughes
July 25 ,1925 – May 19, 2005

There's my Dad - standing tall and strong,
 whether right or wrong, that’s who he was.
That’s my Dad - he once was young and proud,
 sometimes more than allowed, that's my Dad . . .

Growing up – I was the oldest of six kids,
a lot was laid on me I didn't like.
Even though - I wasn't really his, he offered me his name
and stood against his family for what was right.
A lot of things were forced upon us, an indication of the times.
We'd stand toe to toe and argue - over everything, sometimes.

But he's my Dad - standing tall and strong,
 whether right or wrong, that’s who he was.
That's my Dad - he once was young an proud,
 sometimes more than allowed, that's my Dad . . .

And as I got older, I got closer to the man.
He let me go my own way, even though against his plans.
He admitted I was old enough and had my life to live,
but he was always there for me, ready to forgive.

That's my Dad - standing tall and strong,
 whether right or wrong, that’s who he was.
That's my Dad - he once was young an proud,
 sometimes more than allowed, that's my Dad . . .

                            Smokey Lonesome
                 May 22, 2005 / Phoenix, Arizona


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Reviewed by Julie Mataway 1/6/2007
Gee, I just saw you yesterday and you didn't look "smokey" or "lonesome" but I recognize your heart. Your poem gives every stepchild hope. Hope for a connection from a source often elusive and from a child's perspective, sometimes scary. Bless you for passing the love on to your own; biological or not. The world needs more dads like you.
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 4/5/2006
Very touching tribute to your dad. As the saying goes; anyone can 'father' a child, but it takes a special person to be a 'dad'.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya 2/20/2006
My grandson has your dad's middle name. This means you are both "smokey" and "cool!" And I know you wrote a melody about it (or at least are planning a melody)

blessin's Curmudgeon Brother (and that's okay with me!)
cynth'ya lewis reed
Reviewed by Joy Leftow 12/10/2005
Beautifully written and expressed. Brought tears to my eyes. I wrote a poem for my dad too when he passed. I will post it.
Reviewed by Duke LaRance 8/16/2005
Very, very well written indeed.... - Duke
Reviewed by Stacy Mantle 5/27/2005
Another wonderful, heartfelt piece, Smokey... Sounds like a man worthy of a poem and I'm very sorry for your loss...
Reviewed by Londis Carpenter 5/25/2005
A wonderful tribute and great write poet Smokey Lonesome
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/25/2005
o, smokey, i am so sorry for your loss! god bless you in this time of grief! beautiful tribute to your daddy; he will live on in your memory and in your heart! well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :( >tears <

beautiful artwork! :)
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 5/24/2005
A Fine Man, Your Dad. A very respectful and Loving honorable tribute to Your Dad. A man admired.
My Deepest and Most Sincere Heartfelt Condolences to You and Your Family.
The strength of your love will always hold you tight and strong.
Thank you for allowing me to meet such a loving man.
My love for you,
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