(Dedicated to the memory of my father)
You once called me your ‘little Rose’,
I was the sunshine of your eye.
Your teachings taught me
to remain centered, grounded.
Throughout my life I’ve remained humble,
always will until I die.
You were a man of strength and courage,
I obeyed the wisdom of your every word.
Whenever faced with adversity, your teachings
taught me to never get discouraged.
Your light shines down from heaven
to always be the beacon in my life;
long after your spirit transcended to heaven,
well into the afterlife.
Dear Father, thank you for your care,
your love and affection. Most of all,
thank you for your words of wisdom
which have always protected me
from pain, sorrow and affliction.
© 2012 Sy’needa Penland