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Author Name: FreeSusanne 6 Comments
Date Added: July 17, 2004 07:07:57 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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My Dad's Shed
The smell of sawdust greets me As I walk in through the door How sad am I in knowing You will not be here anymore Such a craftsman you were In your carpentry trade So many beautiful things From your skilled hands were made This shed was once your refuge A place where you spent many days Now it seems so empty and quiet It's like the sun has lost its rays The tools you once worked with Now lay forlorn amongst the dust So many of your favourite tools Have now begun to rust Your woodturning machine lays dormant Out of use for over five years The stool where you sat remains empty And the window is no longer clear Smells of oil and timber still linger Here in what was your second home And I take great comfort in knowing That right here your spirit roams
Author's Notes:
My father was a carpenter who loved his work, however, he died from asbestos cancer in 1999 doing the job he loved.
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Comment By: FreeMarian Mason on September 15, 2004 01:54:21 AM Report
We cling to our memories and they can bring us great comfort. It must have brought him great pleasure creating things for others to enjoy long after he is no longer around to see.
lovely touching poem and what a sweet epitaph to your dad.
Comment By: FreeJeff on August 21, 2004 11:34:19 AM Report
Sue, I know your heartache in this one, as my father passed away 10 years ago.
You poem is so loving, looking back on his shed and the part of him that you remember so well.
There are days when I will see something of my fathers and all the memories and emotions come flooding back, like someone opened the gates of a damn.

I'm sure you treasure this shed, as you should.
just think what your father is building you in heaven.

Comment By: FreeSharon Jorcil James on August 17, 2004 11:43:28 AM Report
Wonderful write Sue. "Memories are a gift to be opened when those we love are far away" Keep on writing girl!!

Sharon Jorcil-James
Comment By: FreeBOB on July 17, 2004 07:25:02 PM Report
Like penny, my eyes are full, having some difficulty typing this, beautiful poem, beautiful tribute to your Dad, Bob
Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on July 17, 2004 03:11:37 PM Report
This is a lovely rememberance of your father. I'm sure you feel his spirit there as you look around in the shop where he loved to be.

Lovely poem Sue!

Comment By: FreeJames Lagoski on July 17, 2004 08:38:21 AM Report
Dear Sue-
What a wonderful tribute to a man who was
able to do what a lot can't today-
Be a father and friend combined-
The respect you have for this shining soul
extrudes from every carefully placed word-
Thank you for sharing his memory with us-
Best Wishes~


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