Elegy | Teen Ink


February 20, 2011
By Marblewolf SILVER, Locust Grove, Virginia
Marblewolf SILVER, Locust Grove, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to his (or her) commitment to excellence, regardless of his (or her) chosen field of endeavor.

You wanted to give me everything
Had I asked, you’d have given me the sky,
So I could stretch broad wings
Built through your humor, your ideas, your encouragement

You were everything
You were the father, the uncle, the advisor, the best friend
You were the best person in the world

How life is so unfair, so cruel
To give you such a shell to live in
For someone as remarkable as you

We were all expecting it though
Your body was not up to living
Why didn’t you eat more fruit and less chocolate cake?

You promised you would be there
With a bat or a rifle when I got my first real boyfriend
I hope you’re not trying to kill him from heaven

You were going to walk me down the aisle when I got married
Spoil my kids and watch them grow
Teach them, love them, inspire them, as you did with me

But dead men can’t walk
Nor can they talk or laugh or listen
They can’t throw Pepsi at me in the car
That was disgusting by the way

You can’t take me to Denny’s
Or make crude jokes
Or cry in the movie theatres
You cannot advise me anymore

But I’m okay with that
Because I know that you are better off than you were,
resting in heaven
Or wherever you are now

I hope you’re having a good time up there
Eating as much as you want
Running like an Olympic gold winner

I hope you found your true love
And are living each day basking in it
I’ll see you up there soon enough
You better save me a donut

The author's comments:
Rest in Piece George Arthur L. Jan 21, 1957-March 29, 2007, Beloved Father and Friend.

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This article has 3 comments.

on Mar. 10 2011 at 5:42 pm
It's funny, I read this and after the second stanza i knew who you were talking about. This is really good. It made me smile :)

blondiej said...
on Mar. 8 2011 at 5:14 am
This author gets better and better. This poem is extraordinary, just like the author.  Looking forward to many more. :)

SierraBell said...
on Mar. 7 2011 at 8:13 pm
This is so beautiful! It brought smiling tears to the surface! Simply amazing!!!