My Father's Soul

“Please!” I beg,

“Take my soul instead!

Don't lead him away;

Or allow him to stray!

Do not tear us apart—

But, keep him in my heart.”

I long for him to be by my side—

Or at least—

To hold his memory.

I cry,

“Don't take my father's whole—

Leave his soul alone!

That is for my keepsake;

To remind me of the heart ache,

That death has brought, unto me!”

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Written in January of 2002

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