My dad passed away over seven years ago. I miss his smile, I miss his laugh and I miss the good times we used to have. This is a poem I wrote when they dedicated a freshly planted tree and and a plaque to him in our new community park after his passing. Happy Father’s Day to my dad and to all the dads out there. I hope you are able to create memories with your kids that will last a lifetime.
We give these gifts of nature in your name,
To forever keep you near.
To take root in a place you kept close to your heart,
And represent the things you hold dear.
Your rock will remind us to always be strong,
And to remain solid in the lives we love.
And follow in the examples you gave us in life,
As you look on us from above.
Your tree will remind us to accept the changes,
Of seasons that come and go.
As the tree becomes bare at times in our life,
New leaves will blossom in time to show.
That nature is beautiful and life has a season,
but all things do come to an end.
And with each change and leaf that is lost,
Family and friendships help mend.
Branches sway in the winds of time,
And your whispers will be heard in the breeze.
Your memory lives on in the nature around us,
The air, the rocks, the trees.