"Loss and Gain" ... after a daughter leaves, her father struggles to live ... a friend lost his daughter to a freakish traffic accident. Dedicated to Noelle, late daughter of my friend Micky Peluso, author of And The Whippoorwill Sang.
He took one life but gave back two.
how flows His divine arithmetic I cannot sum ...
When a daughter’s sudden loss does a father benumb
unfathomable are His mysteries none too few.
Reaped undeservedly he this bitterest shame,
tear drops stream onto lips bespeaking his grief.
A dream became a nightmare’s fallen leaf ...
for him announced an angel twin miracles came.
He taketh, He giveth in this, His world,
enwrap them tightly until you can no more.
though souls depart and will forever soar,
cover them with kindness gently unfurled.
Each night wherein she lies a father comes to weep,
for he no longer hears his ballerina’s tiny laughter, now mute.
preserved long ago on a schoolgirl's recorder flute,
which he plays softly each night until she falls back to sleep.
Alan D. Busch
June 15, 2010