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blue like china seas
I've seen these
like skies
far reaching as line of water meets sand
steady in their gaze
with twinkling wisdom
trusting me.
My father's eyes?
crinkled corners
knowing smile
not cloud nor cataract to disguise
the heart remembers what the years forget
a life become survival mechanism
incessant like catechism
Eyes deep as ancient love
A newborn's eyes?
little sage
remind me once again dear
my original sin
is only my fear.

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Comment by Donna Stumpo on February 20, 2010 at 5:52pm
Jodie: I wrote this one on my dad's birthday last year. He would have been 94. He passed in April of 06'
My mom is still with us, she's 10 years younger than my dad....she's still feisty, still drives, has great genes, her mother lived to almost 102! My dad's mother lived to be 100. We were shocked when my dad got ill and died at the age of 91. In our family, that's still considered "middle age" (lol) I was babysitting Liana the day of his birthday, and I was singing and talking to her (she was only 2 months old) and I swear, we had a moment when we looked into each other eyes, and I felt my dad's presence while looking into her eyes. That's what prompted me to write this.
Comment by Jodie Ann Christiansen on February 20, 2010 at 11:13am
family.....loved and relate to "the heart remembers what the years forget" dearly do I recall very painful family occurences, yet ,over the years, I "stuffed" it and became my parents primary caretaker until too much and nursing home became best solution....yet, in spite of all their heart wrenching on me, I always cared for them and loved them.....go figure!!!
Comment by stephen dijoseph on November 8, 2009 at 10:35pm surprise donna!
Comment by Sherry Somach on November 5, 2009 at 12:04pm
Great images! I liked the interesting subtle rhyming scheme too
Comment by Donna Stumpo on November 1, 2009 at 8:33am
Thanks for that. And yes, I think he does know them too. I just miss him.
Comment by wiffledust on October 31, 2009 at 9:35pm
i can truly empathize with this, donna. if there were a baby around here, it would be bittersweet for certain loved ones to not see them and know them here. but i believe your dad DOES know liana and sophie .i believe liana just saw your dad 8 weeks ago.
Comment by Donna Stumpo on October 31, 2009 at 8:18pm
Thanks.....yesterday was my dad's birthday. He would have been 95. I think Liana and he have the same blue eyes. There's just something there when you look into them. Something lasting; you can't look away. He would have loved seeing all these babies. Sigh..........
Comment by wiffledust on October 30, 2009 at 8:00pm
this is beautiful, donna!!!! great job!!!!!!!!! i love the crinkled corners and "not cloud nor cataract to disguise"

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