a poem by my oldest daughter

August 13, 2009

My Dad
I grew up hearing his stories
but not this story
of being forgotten
his mother left him many times
before the final leaving
she took her children to the movie theatre
(age seven, five, and four)
leaving them there alone
choosing wine and party
they waited hours after the movie
for her to remember and return
a kind man had compassion
and waited with them
my heart travels to the past
and breaks
for the loneliness,
the pain,
the future abandonment
waiting around the corner
looking at them
I can see their future
I know the amazing things
they will accomplish
because they will be captured
by One who rescues hearts
written August 11-12, 2009

5 Responses to “a poem by my oldest daughter”

  1. Savitha said

    “because they will be rescued
    by One who captures hearts”
    —how true are these words!!

  2. “See how much our heavenly Father loves us, for He allows us to be called His children, and we really are!” 1 John 3:1

  3. I am very thankful for both your poem and what you are doing. Fran and I both have your blog as our homepage so we see it every morning and every evening. I love the way there is nothing to distract from whatever you chose to share. Really a very important work which will spread daily. Thanks, Rusty

  4. Terry, I think this poem by your daughter is the best evidence of all that you were indeed rescued, not to pass the dysfunction on, but to pass the story of redemption of life on… so that your children can write verses of honor and love for you- and for God- like this. Congratulations, I know this must mean the world to you.

    You and your family mean the world to us!

  5. Carrie Gordon said

    Wow! I just saw this for the first time and it’s very moving. Hard to think of that childhood and its many disappointments. But what a great reminder that God can redeem all things, even such sorrows, and use them to build good, Godly things.

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