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Rain or Tears
by Bernice Angoh Lakota
Saturday, June 14, 2008
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For my father...who waits in the shadow of death

Hanging on by a shoe string
your pain is sincere
is it rain or tears that I feel coming down my face
what shall I do
what shall I do with your shoes now
shall I put them out in the sun like you always do
or lay them by your bed
Shall I clean them for tomorrow
maybe you'll feel better
maybe you'll want to go for a run
will you be running away from me

shall we travel to Egypt together
shall we watch the sun rise over the Jordan
shall we meet the miracle worker
will he take away my sorrow
drive away your fears
will he hear my plea
for I am tired and weak

Am I strong enough for you
am I strong enough
why are you holding on
is it me you're waiting for
are you waiting for me to tell you to let go
are you waiting for a bye-bye

no, don't

I'm not strong enough to do that--not just yet
you can give me all the rain and tears
take away my miracle
but please don't ask me to say goodbye

Copyright © 2008 by Bernice Angoh



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Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/16/2008
Finding such poetic sincerity in such a trying time is a precious gift Bernice. Such honesty here, honesty that touches the deepest parts of the heart. Kudos!
Reviewed by Gloria Gay 6/16/2008
A warm and moving poem that will often be read through tears.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/16/2008
Bernice,you have ne in tears....A heartwrenching poem, yet the love for your father breaks through like sunshine,and I'm touched by your situation! My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 6/16/2008
A soul touching poem. I can feel your pain ! wow!!! It is hard to let go of someone thats is loved so much. Blessings to you and your dad...M
Reviewed by Charlie 6/15/2008
What a heart-wrender... renders my heart mush... so sorry, Bernice. Perhaps there's a resurrection for the shoes that they are burried in-- there must be... who can fill them? --Charlie
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/15/2008
A compelling and very moving write, Bernice. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/15/2008
SUch beautiful, heartfelt writing, Bernice. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/14/2008
A Beautifully written Heartfelt piece
stay by his side and make his last days comfortable
some say cry not when he leaves
For he'll be at peace
I can't say that, for each person is an Island of it's own
All I have left is the Memories and love of those
that brought me into this world
Love, peace prayers be with you both

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 6/14/2008
Anguish, fear, tears of sorrow and love all stemming from your heart and your sincere love. In my thoughts and prays you will stay....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/14/2008
Sometimes the hardest part of letting go is acceptance that it is really over. We tend to wait and stall hoping for a last minute retrieve and that seems to be the heart of this painful but real write.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 6/14/2008
Wonderful poem in your time of pain. God Bless. Liz
Reviewed by Shedding Light 6/14/2008
Very lovely.

Harold M. Nash
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/14/2008
Bernice we know what you are feeling right this minute and we keep you in our prayers dear.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 6/14/2008
It's alright to cry B, you don't have to say goodbye though, this is up to you, love ones never leave us, they will visit in our dreams and live in our memory. Great verse in reference, hugs and B strong. :-)
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/14/2008
I am sorry to hear of your Fathers suffering, you are in my prayers, thank you for sharing this with us, so we can all join you in praying for your Father.
God Bless
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 6/14/2008
As I feel it, Bernice, you have written
a most beautiful goodbye in this heart
wrenching poem. - gene
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 6/14/2008
Having lost my own father, this brought tears to my eyes. As I'm sure others that have. But if your father is still here, love him while you can. My prayers are with you, Bernice.

Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader) 6/14/2008
For we do not mourn like those that have no hope..........

You and your family will be in my prayers. Deborah
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/14/2008

(((((HUGS))))) love and prayer - I know - I know -

Karla. *tears*
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 6/14/2008
Dear Bernice,
The tears flow as my heart breaks for you. My dear dad has passed and there's such a large empty place that he use to be filled with laughter and so much love. Prepare yourself my friend. Then again I doubt no matter how much we try if we are really ever prepared. My prayers are with you both.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 6/14/2008
Please Pass The Box of Tissues, Oh My Bernice You Have Power Of An Emotional Pen In Your Beautiful Poetry.
Embraced ~ Embrassť
Reviewed by Cryssa C 6/14/2008
Saying good-bye is incredibly difficult! I didn't have the chance to say good-bye to my mom or to even talk to her before she passed away. I have, so many times, wished that I had hopped on a plane and flown home when I heard that she had collapsed. 18 hours later she was gone... If only I had thought to try and call the hospital...maybe I wouldn't have been able to speak to her, but maybe I would have been able to... I will never know, but sometimes it still haunts me... and I miss her. My family doesn't often express love in words, but I wish that I had been able to tell her one last time that I love her...

Guess that was kinda personal... sorry...
My poem, Answering the Call, talks about traveling the journey your father is on...

Hugs to you, Bernice...
Remember, good-byes aren't forever.

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/14/2008
This is one of the hardest things to do. To say good bye to an ailing parent. Just know one thing, His spirit will always live on in your heart and soul. He will not be very far, my dear one.
Much peace, love, and light to you and your sweet daddy,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/14/2008
The anguish in seeing a loved one in such distress brings tears to my eyes and I pray along with you for your dear dad. There are no goodbyes for we will all meet again in heaven.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 6/14/2008
Berni, as a father, I will hate to say to any of my children to say goodbye, but I would ask to tell me to wait for them wherever I go from here.

Reviewed by Liana Margiva 6/14/2008
BEAUTIFUL AND VERY SAD!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
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