Dad

 

I saw you at the gate

through summer rain

I watched you wave

 

& walk away.

 

No one else could see

you smile & fade

into the fading light.

 

Only a glimpse caught

in my mind,: & still I knew,

just you can love me

 

as you do.

 

I saw you at the church

across the green

where dead folk wait

 

no birds are singing

in that tree & still I know

you’ll wait for me.

 

I feel you oh so near

I don’t know why

the rain is summer rain

 

the leaves too green again

& whatever else I do, I know

I’m tired of living this

 

without you too.

 

To hold me sometimes

make it right, walk our silence

through the  night.

 

It seems like yesterday

I said goodbye; though

nearly twenty years

 

have burnt their glorious fizz

& left me here again the way

I’ve always been…….alone

 

when you weren’t  near .

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