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  A Visit With My Father
by Mr. Ed
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
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“And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin' home, son?


I don't know when, but we'll get together then, Dad;
You know we'll have a good time then.”


 


Cats in the Cradle,


Harry Chapin


 


 


As Father’s Day quickly approaches


I’m still working around his old home


And oddly enough I keep finding treasures


Making me believe his spirit here still roams


 


As I was cleaning out a deep closet yesterday


A picture of him came spiraling to the dusty floor


He was proudly standing next to his B-26 Bomber


He had sent this photo to his sweetheart from the war


 


Then I spotted his old military boots


It was if they had just been spit shined


Now I really felt his presence in the house


To me it was a feeling that was truly divine


 


As I continued to explore the cluttered old attic


A copy of his discharge papers fell from an old book


Right onto a tiny cardboard box filled with many items


That made me stop in my tracks and take a good long look


 


There was an embroidered handkerchief his mother gave him


There was his comb his calculator and a neatly folded city map


There were bus tokens he had used to travel to his job downtown


And now an old love letter from his sweetheart sprawled on my lap


 


I spent several hours marveling at many of his personal items


They made me feel even closer to him in so many different ways


It was as if he were right here still sharing his life and his love with me


So I’ve decided to visit him right here again this Sunday on Father’s Day


 


 


“And I know we’ll have a good time then, Dad,


We’re gonna have a good time then”


 


 


©2006, Ed Kostro


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


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Reviewed by Helen Downey 6/20/2006
Ed, you made me cry when reading this. So much of your fathers past fell into your lap...."We're gonna have a good time then", fit so appropriately. I hope you grew to know more about your Dad as well as your mother that day.
Reviewed by Jill Eisnaugle 6/17/2006
I agree with Chanti, Ed. This poem does invoke the special memories we have of our childhoods and the time spent with our fathers. This is absolutely beautiful! My Dad is still living, but he is in poor health and I cherish the times that we have together.

Take care,
Jill
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 6/15/2006
A poem that made me smile but also put a tear in my eye. I can relate to that time you spent 'visiting' with your dad. I experienced the same when my father died and I had to pack up his belongings. Those memories I found made me feel closer to him too.
Enjoy your visit on Father's day.
Chanti
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 6/15/2006
Ed, you touched my heart with this splendid piece, I too feel my dad's presence when I touch his things...
love and peace, Carole
Reviewed by Jennifer Croy 6/15/2006
I like tis poem alot and the song from cat in the cradle it brings memories of my dad who passed away at age 59. Great job! Jennifer
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 6/15/2006
A moving tribute, Ed.
Enjoy the moment.
Carolyn
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 6/15/2006
Great father's day poem. Having read your book 'Curious Creatures...' and seeing the description of the old house within the pages, it was nice to see the photo to go with it.
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 6/15/2006
I n s p i r e d. Your father would be. . .no, IS. . .so proud.
You have painted the picture with a very fine brush, indeed.
Precisely the right colors and exactly the right view.
Encore! ENCORE!! 'Pea' <3 :) <3
Reviewed by George Jackson 6/14/2006
One of my all time favorite songs, Ed. I worry about my father, and wish we were closer. That you have such memories is a gift. Thank you.
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 6/14/2006
Wonderful write, Ed! It brought back warm memories of my dad. Thanks!
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/14/2006
Ed this is such a very moving write...it has a deep resonance with me, just outstanding my friend.

Paul;-)
Reviewed by bluecornflower orangetiger 6/14/2006
thank you, Ed. Mary
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/14/2006
A write that leads one to other times down the line
of memories lost yet found in tims where one would wonder
What if
thanks for sharing Ed

William
Peace
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 6/14/2006
A very touching write, sending us to think about the Dads we have been missing for so long, but it is a lovely write!
B&R
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 6/14/2006
Ed...you and your writes...you dont know how happy i am to read you after ages...And Ed, you have not changed at all....superb write...love n luck....BHUWAN!!!!!!
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 6/14/2006
enjoyed the read, lovely work
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/14/2006
Ed,

You've put a lump in my throat with this moving, beautiful tribute...what can I say, but Thank you. I'm sorry your Daddy is no longer here, but I bet he'd be honored to know his son penned this.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/14/2006
Ed,

This is so heartfelt and beautiful! Very well done! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)

I am sure daddy Kostro is lookin' down at you with love and reverence; he was so blessed to have such a caring, compassionate son! I am better in knowing you; God bless you, and Happy Father's Day!! :)
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/14/2006
Ed this is a most loving and beautiful Father's day remembrance! Bless you for sharing, I've recently had similar thoughts of my dad!
Splendid work!

tiger lily
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/14/2006
Happy fathers day, Ed..this is wonderful
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 6/14/2006
Sounds like his spirit ws there with you at the old house - memories are what life is about but we do need to move on. Some of us are not so fortunate to have all the good memories so that is what forgivness is all about. We must weigh those careful with the good ones and be thankful for what we do have. Pain does not last accept for a little while and after it is over it is hard to remember - That is a gift from God.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/14/2006
I found it quite hard to clean up after a parent died, though your memories seem relatively good, I know deep down you are feeling your loss...Find Peace, as your Dad is watching over you...Ed
Reviewed by Stacy Mantle 6/14/2006
Beautifully written, Ed! What a wonderful tribute to your father..
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 6/14/2006
I am as devoted to my own father and his memory as you are too. I had a great dad1 like yours he gave me cherised memories that keep him alive somehow in the positives he willed to me. Your poem is touching and I thank you too...from my dad and yours' memory.
Susan

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