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Sunday, June 15, 2008

On Father's Day

When Kelly Flew Over
---for Kelly Wingate and his special passenger, C. M. Stripling

When Kelly flew over the farm
with our father,
we waved. In the clear morning,
we knew that soon he would be part
of what he loved, his land,
the field he had chosen
as resting place. When Kelly let loose

his bodacious white message
of smoke, we cheered!
We knew our father was home again,
settling himself into stubble and roots,
getting eternally comfortable
inside the dirt he loved. Good dirt
that got us through hard times,
that held firm and gave forth.
So sleep well, my father, and grow
up a good stand of anything you want

to grow. We will keep growing
you, memory by memory,
always remembering Kelly's bright
yellow plane overhead,
making our hearts swell with sheer
joy at knowing that you, too,
were having fun, taking that last
ride, then floating to earth
in your own sweet time,
the field underneath you waiting
to welcome you home.




5 comments:

Glenda (Writerlady) said...

Kay, what a beautiful poem. My father was a man of the earth. He loved his land and wanted to be buried on it. And he was.
Now he, too, is part of that south Georgia dirt he loved to work.

Your poetry always touches me in a good way. Thanks,
Glenda

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Glenda, thank you. I'm glad both our fathers are a part of the land they cherished.
Kay

Jessie Carty said...

Beautiful :)

Glad I found you blog.

Tipper said...

Just a lovely poem-returning to the earth he loved-I like that.

doris diosa said...

Kay - what a serenely splendid poem, and funny too. So "you" in its rhythms (smile). i love it.
(Partly b/c i only had a "bio-dad" so i enjoy, sometimes, reading about "real" fathers.) When we visit again, show me where he's "growing," please. And i forgive you, i guess, for coming to SW GA & not visiting me.

- dorissima