To My Late Father
I have forgotten what your voice sounds like
But I remember the things you said to calm me and give me strength
I have forgotten what made you the happiest
But I remember your smile
When you looked at me from afar and thought I was not looking
I have forgotten the true color of your eyes
But I remember their gleam when all your children were around
I have forgotten how tall you were exactly
But I remember that you were a giant in my eyes
I have forgotten your gait or how you walked into a room
But I remember I wanted to follow in your footsteps
I have forgotten your favorite color
But I remember how much you loved autumn foliage
I have forgotten many of the little things about you.
But I remember how you cared so deeply for those less fortunate
I remember how hard you worked to make sure we had it all.
I remember your love for art and music.
I remember your generous heart.
I remember how you loved my mother.
I remember how you loved family.
Father, I may have forgotten some things about you
But I have never forgotten you.