Today Is Poetry Day – On Giants and Loved Ones Gone Away
Happy Friday, January 9th! Post 9 on the 9th…I might finally be getting this right!
The writing prompt from the Ultimate Blog Challenge for day 9 of January is:
Day 9: Share a Poem
If you are creative as a writer, go ahead and write a poem!
If you are not the rhyming type,
find a favorite poem or quote to share for today’s post.
Well, I just happen to have a couple of poems handy, both memorial tributes to my parents. My Dad passed away in 2002 and my Mom in 2011. I wrote these poems in their honor.
Do Giants Still Exist?
Among the controversies that exist in the land,
The most curious is, do giants among us stand?
Not the kind like Goliath and all of his brothers —
A much different kind, standing far above others.
The gentle giants, of the spiritual variety —
Those who can’t help but gain notoriety …
Not because they choose to, it just happens that way —
Because of their actions and the words that they say.
They follow God’s heart, eager to do His will —
They tune in to His voice, though quiet and still.
These giants serve others first, put themselves last —
Following the example of giants from the past.
They are considerate and kind, tender of heart …
Loving, forgiving, accepting are all part —
Of the qualities of these giants, who still roam the earth —
Gently leading by example, of incredible worth.
One such gentle giant was my beloved Dad, Ben —
Who served God his whole life, right up until when …
He was struck down by cancer, but in our memories embraced …
His giant legacy, like his hugs, can never be replaced.
**Dedicated to my ‘gentle giant’ — my Dad, Ben Willis.**
~~K’Lee Banks, Maine, 2003~~
Published in 2008 anthology, Collected Whispers, all my rights reserved.
Also published in my tribute book, Fatherly Reflections, June 2012.
Tribute to My Parents:
Who Needs to Hear “I love you” Today?
Nine years ago today, I lost my Dad,
the first most beloved man in my life.
Two months ago, in July, I lost my Mom —
now they’re reunited, loving husband and wife.
Last month, in August, I sat by their graves,
visiting their earthly resting place.
I know their spirits don’t reside there —
instead, they see each other and their Lord, face to face.
I can’t believe they’re both gone —
my siblings and I, emotional orphans —
but our parents are no longer in pain.
Cancer ravaged their bodies and took them,
God welcomed them home —
and someday, we will see them again.
Sometimes we grow complacent, hold grudges, or worse,
And neglect to tell loved ones how much we care …
We should take time to make amends,
say “I love you” while we can,
before our loved ones are no longer there.
Thank God for His mercy and grace —
He granted time with both parents
Before they went peacefully on their way …
I would encourage you to ponder these words
and ask yourself,
who needs to hear “I’m sorry”
and “I love you” today?
~~K’Lee Banks, September 2, 2011~~
Published in my tribute book, Fatherly Reflections, June 2012.
These may not be perfect poems, meeting all the criteria for poetry in meter or format–perhaps more appropriately termed prose than poems–but they are from the heart…
How about you? Do you write or have you written poetry? Would you like to share?