I wanted to go to the wake.

It was the only way

to ensure that he was actually dead.

I explained, pleaded,

but did not cry.


they said I was too young,

waking wasn’t allowed.

So I looked for him

in my dreams,

in the stores,

on the streets

where he must be

silently watching me.

Any face that passed,

any that walked behind,



any where

would a father be?

And when

would he look for me?



12 Comments on “Waking”

  1. Your words pull at my soul. I really liked your photo also. Very nice and thanks for sharing.

  2. janinevasta says:

    Stoic and so wise even as a mere child, dear Lily. Un abbraccio tesoro. x

    • lily says:

      I think I grew up at age ten, life being as it was : )
      I treasure your friendship as well as my travels with your gorgeous photos.
      ~ Lily

  3. Such a very loving work of words, Lily…touching on sadness and youthful hope.

    Love that red sunflower playing hide ‘n’ seek behind the daylilies!

    • lily says:

      You are always so understanding. That means more than you can know. Thank you so much for that.
      The photo just seemed to fit, somehow : )
      ~ Lily

  4. albert21199 says:

    The photo is awesome and your words are touching and inspiring.

  5. I used to question the reason for a wake, but now I clearly understand it is for closure. If my children lose someone close to them I will take them to the wake so they can full embrace the loss. This was beautiful as usual Lily. All of your poetry is beautiful. Thank you ❤

    • lily says:

      There are a lot of things that I don’t like about wakes, but I think you are right about closure. I still–still!–imagine my father living another life somewhere, though this defies all logic and reason, and I know it!

      Thank you for your kind words; your tender heart always touches mine.
      I hope your weekend is joyful,

      ~ Lily

  6. Even children need some sort of closure after loosing a loved one…

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