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A Memory of my Dad...
by Ed Matlack

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Out shopping every Friday,

To the big town nearby,

Ocean City with an Acme,

A record store also to add to my collection,

But I would throw a tantrum,

If a record I did not get,

So home I would want to go,

And Dad would say go ahead, you won’t get far…


I remember proving him wrong one night,

Back to home in Sea Isle, a 12 mile “flight”,

Stuck out my thumb & got the first ride,

Took me all the way to my door, I was but eleven,

Watched over was I from someone in heaven…


Well Dad went frantic,

Thought I would walk a few blocks & get scared,

He called the police & they as well searched,

Little did he know that at home I was in bed perched,

Sound asleep from my little jaunt, mom wasn’t even surprised,

Never again did he tell me to go anywhere,

And surprisingly he was not even angry,

Just my being home did alleviate his scare…


Gone now almost 20 years,

When he died I had my fears,

Could I exist, could I make it,

So long now its been,

And I can remember him like yesterday,

We didn’t get along when young I was,

Damn, but now that feels like a sin…



© ed *** 3/12/09

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/15/2009
He was generous and loving--the best a Dad can be.

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/13/2009
Honest, real, and soul-stirring, my friend. You "speak" universal truth in these verses. Love and peace,

Reviewed by richard cederberg 3/13/2009
Yah bubba - hindsight can be 20/20, and there can be a lot of regrets for what being full of ourselves caused to happen in years past. Still, the water continues to flow, and time moves on. Sometimes it's important to forgive ourselves and try to move with the water. Richard
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 3/13/2009
Very beautiful writing dear man...have a wonderful and safe day...Hugss
Reviewed by Bonnie May 3/13/2009
How wonderful the memories are of our Dads even when they make our hearts ache...beautiful story Ed for it shows how much he influenced and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/13/2009
Your daddy reminds me so much of mine! No kiddin'! Powerful sadness in these lines; well done, Ed!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 3/13/2009
Many don't get along with their fathers, when they are young. But it's often amazing how our perspectives change when we get older. Thankfully, my Dad and I became very close in his later years, and I will miss him always.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 3/13/2009
Some have fond memories of their Dad, you just gave me one to remember.


Reviewed by Tom Hyland 3/12/2009
ED - super write - Mano y Mano ...

I was truly lucky, my Dad made it to 84 - and he was my Best Pal!

A guy who would give you the shirt off of his back, loved by all who knew him, and never a nasty bone in his body - my personal John Wayne ...

Peace - Tom.
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 3/12/2009
Beautiful poem Dear Ed, honouring the love of your father and the precious teachings you shared... reminding us of the importance of Now, to celebrate the love while we have it .. until the Love continues to flourish in you long after his physical departure... proving Love neverends... we continue living in each other... anon!
Thank you for this vital beauty! And, Love to you and your Dad!
Love, Suzie :-D
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 3/12/2009
Sharing these memories took some gut. I know you miss him, as I still miss my father who died in 1972. I was his little girl and went lots of places with him. He respected me, spoiled me, and was always around for me. He stood by me in everything I did too. Missing our Fathers someday we'll see them again though in a better place.
Reviewed by larry linville 3/12/2009
Thanks for sharing. I have such pleasant memories of my times with my dad. He died in an accident at 51, when I was 23. It's been 44 years and I remember him often.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/12/2009
I think all sons tend to push the buttons of their father's power at one time or another, I can actually remember as if it were yesterday the time I got so mad at my father that I actually raised my fists but God or a sense of right and wrong held my arm and instead I turned and walked away. I always regretted that moment though for I knew it was also a turning point in a father/son relationship.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/12/2009
Your Daddy reminds me a bit of mine ... we all have regrets, Ed, don't we? Powerful, poignant memories in these lines - I know.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 3/12/2009
Some meaningful memories would stay with us for a long time, and possibly forever. I can still remember things as way back to when I was about 3-4 years old because the memories were special to me.

You tell your memories so well to create a loving tribute to your dad. This is wonderful indeed!!!

Sandie Angel :o)

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