Until The Last Tear Is Shed

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Until The Last Tear Is Shed

My Father died today.
And I wasn't there.
I wish I could have been.
I loved my dad and he loved me,
And I remembered when...

We laughed together,
We mourned together,
We fought a lot it seemed.
We had a lot of good times together,
We were quite a team.
But I never knew how much he cared,
It never crossed my mind,
I never knew how much I cared,
Until the day he died.

My Mother died today.
Again, I wasn't there.
I prayed that she went peacefully,
Her pain was hard to bear.
And I remembered when...

We talked of life and many things,
We were good friends, her and me,
We loved to argue
We loved to cook
We loved all the finer things.
But I never appreciated her full worth,
Never loved her like she loved me.
My mom was there since my birth,
She meant the world you see.

Now I'm the oldest of four children,
My parents are dead and gone.
It's hard to imagine how life has changed,
How we've all moved on.

Sometimes I wonder what life would be like,
If mom and dad weren't dead.
I'm sure I would treasure,
Our moments together,
Until the last tear is shed...


Copyright © June 2009
Kevin Mooney

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Charlie23 commented on Until The Last Tear Is Shed

04-15-2010

I really enjoyed this one. I share similer thinking of my father, how different things would be, had he lived to see...

bloomingsun commented on Until The Last Tear Is Shed

12-11-2009

Lost my dad in 2001. The most heartbreaking part of it was I had spent a number of years avoiding him... long story; but we were just starting to get close again when he was suddenly gone. I am grateful we had what time we did but I do feel sad for the time I wasted. Still have Mom, she's my best friend and if the time comes, I will take care of her. Thanks for this touching and provoking poem. Great write!

lucindaclaire commented on Until The Last Tear Is Shed

12-11-2009

And once again you enthrall me with your so carefully chosen words. While it is a profound experience to witness a parent's death, I am certain that both of your parents smile down on you as you continue to create such heartfelt poetry.

themommyof2 commented on Until The Last Tear Is Shed

12-10-2009

That was a very moving poem. So full of feeling. I too wonder what life would have been like if they were still here on earth. Still her to touch and hug and tell them how much they mean to us.

Tempestlady commented on Until The Last Tear Is Shed

11-22-2009

Wow! The guilt I would feel. It made me think of how I will deal with my own parents passing. I am lucky that way you see. I'm 45 and my busy nanny is only 90, & my dad is a kickin 72, my mom is 68 and I have not had very many funerals of dear ones in my life. I wonder if I will be able to stay composed at such a loss. A very deep modern piece, very relevant to the modern condition of the human American family. Odd how we get out of touch, and the things that we allow in between our relationships. This one really made me think. Well done my friend, Happy Holidays!

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

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