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A Final Birthday Wish

What do you give a dying dad?

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
March 14, 2008

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A Final Birthday Wish
Today's my father's last birthday
before he passes on.
The cancer's traveled through his bones.
I know he'll soon be gone.

His face is gaunt. His body's frail.
Yet in his tired eyes
I still can see a gleam of hope
his shriveled frame denies.

He doesn't want a piece of cake.
He has no need for gifts.
Our presence is what he wants most.
That's what gives him a lift.

Surrounded by the ones he loves,
my dad flashes a smile.
That boyish grin I've cherished since
I was a chubby child.

He smiled when I learned to walk.
When I first rode a bike.
He beamed with pride to see me preach
behind a pulpit mike.

He smiled at my firstborn's birth.
He grinned when I went gray.
His knowing smile eased the pain
when our pet passed passed away.

Today he's 82 years old.
The age at which he'll die.
The thought of it knots up my gut.
I breathe a heavy sigh.

I also breathe a whispered prayer
of gratitude and praise.
My father's impact on my life
will last beyond his days.

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Marge from Illinois writes:
March 14, 2008
Wonderful Greg and touching. Keeping you in my prayers... a nurse

Carol Pom-Arleau from Seattle writes:
March 14, 2008
My thoughts and prayers to you and yours Greg...you're poem about your dad got me...

Alma Dender from Perth, Western Australia writes:
March 22, 2008
Oh Greg, my heart just goes out to you. We will keep you in our prayers, you, Wendy and the girls, as your dad's passing will be such a difficult time.

Cathy Engimann from Florida writes:
March 22, 2008
Your writings are always filled with great emotion. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. God calls each of us home in his own time. As we are about to celebrate this Easter season, we remember that we will all rise one day in the Lord.

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