~In Memory of My Father ~

Harvey Littlejohn Low (February 28, 1922 – June 3, 2016)

On the day my father died
I planted flowers in my sister’s garden —
Lemon and marmalade marigolds
Sapphire lobelia
circling
Garnet geraniums.

This is a poem I wrote when Dad and I were still going out fishing in his boat. On the way back to shore he would hum strains of songs I had grown up with. His humming always signaled to me that he was happy.

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When daddy hums
my heart is at ease
thoughts come untangled
troubles release

His baritone lilting
softens all woe
providing a shelter
for me to come home.

Lindy Low Le Coq (revised August 2013)

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16 Responses to ~In Memory of My Father ~

  1. judigoldberg says:

    my thoughts are with you and your family. what a full life he lived, what treasures he shared with you.

  2. Thinking of you at this time. Your poem is a beautiful tribute and the comforting sound of his hum will always stay with you in your heart.

  3. SwittersB says:

    So loving and beautiful. So sorry for his passing. Lovely memories will endure!

  4. de Wets Wild says:

    So sorry for your loss, Lindy. God rest his soul.

  5. Well, as Walt Whitman suggested: We all reflect (and are) eternity.

  6. Now that looks like a real character…. so you must have made lots of great memories together.

  7. Jocelyn Merhab says:

    Lindy,
    So sorry for your loss. Your poem is very touching. For someone who lost a dad at age two, the relationship you had with your dad is my dream! Hugs and Kisses as you move through the healing process.

  8. This is way late, but I wanted to offer condolences as well. Your posts about your dad have been wonderful, and I can see your family was truly blessed to have had him. Thank you for sharing your stories, poems and images.

  9. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Thank you, Jill. I wasn’t able to respond (at the time) to the kind thoughts others sent me here, so your ‘late’ condolence reminded me to do so! I feel blessed for the lessons Dad taught me. He will live on in my stories and poems.

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