Unwanted guest
that stayed too long,
was here to steal
his favorite song.

It took his strength,
and then his hair,
he kept his smile
and rocked his chair.

It took his pride,
and made him shake,
he kept his wink,
and did not break.

It took his size,
and then his mind,
he kept his heart
and was still kind.

It took his hopes,
and then his life,
he kept his soul
and glowed so bright.

My children sing
his greatest song,
it lives in them
where it belongs.

– Grace Y. Estevez – Reddy

Today would have been my father’s 79th Birthday, he passed away 24 years ago but always remains in our heart. So grateful to have had his presence in my life.πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ’•

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  1. Wow, this poem is truly moving. The imagery and symbolism used to convey the message of resilience in the face of adversity is powerful. The final lines about the children singing the man’s greatest song is particularly poignant. Thank you for sharing.

  2. This is beautiful. Very strange; you lost your father 24 years ago, I lost my mother 24 years ago. Your father was 78; my father, who died yesterday (1/16), also age 78. Around the time of his passing, I published a short poem dedicated to him. You were the first and only to “like” it. Your “like” notification came in with a timestamp that is also my mother’s birthdate. The notification suggested a few of your recent works, and I hesitated before clicking on the one titled, “Cancer” because, well… cancer. But it seems very clear now that I was supposed to see that poem of yours, for such a time as this. And your blog name, considering all of these things, is not lost on me, either. There are no coincidences. Thank you for sharing your work.

    1. Wow. The synchronicities are plenty. So sorry for your losses. Glad you enjoyed the poem. Thank you so much and thank you for sharing these events with me. I don’t believe in coincidences either. Much love to you.πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ’•

  3. This is wonderfully written and definitely catches the degradation of the body that struggles in its battle against cancer…. Thank you for composing this so beautifully

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