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A Father's Farewell

One cold and clear October eve,
we gathered for a wake.
Our father passed three nights before
and left a deep heartache.

I walked out on the balcony
to find some solitude.
The sky was filled with stars that night,
which mollified my mood.

As I stood, looking toward the stars,
one arced across the sky.
I took that sign to be my father
waving his  "Goodbye!"

It's said that someone's star blinks out
on the day that person dies.
I believe my father's "Farewell" star
was meant for just my eyes.

~William A. Tatum

   William C. Tatum

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