About the Poem
This work is dedicated to my father, who loved and nurtured me for the first thirteen years of my life. It is a poem that reveals my feelings towards my father and his intentional and untimely death. I wrote this poem as a sort of letter to him, expressing my sadness, guilt, and anger in his departure, but also thanking him for the wonderful, earlier years when he touched my life.
Turn To Me And Smile
|by Alison Rotmark
|I remember you from long ago,
Your face reassuring as you kissed away my tears;
Your patient touch as you taught me to golf and how to swing "just so".
You'd slay the monsters in my closet, just to ease my fears...
You were the bravest person I ever thought I knew.
I wanted so much to grow up knowing you;
But I never knew your rope of strength was growing O' so tight...
I never knew your sadness was soon to strangle your fight.
You left me all alone;
You left me sad and scared.
You left me in our life for the dark and the unknown.
There was so much more with me that you could've shared;
You'll never understand how important it is to me
To have had you here and have you see -
Of all I am and all I'm not.
I'm all grown- up... would you be proud of me through all I've fought?
You never worried about my first date,
Or yelled because I came home an hour late.
I'll never see you turn to me and smile,
As you would walk me sadly down the aisle.