Missing Skipper (#poem)

Oh Skipper, I miss you so much
Your face on my computer screen, I want to reach out and touch
Sitting across from your favorite chair
We grew so close together, moving from here, there, and everywhere

You were so good-natured, your desire a wake-up kiss
Oh and, yeah, your favorite food in your favorite dish
How do I go on without you after 18 years?
How do I go on with a heart full of tears?

We’re on the brink of change with everything exploding
You, my dad, the country and the church, how do we keep from imploding?
Waking up at midnight, my head full of fear
How do I move forward, get past what I see in the mirror?

Gratitude and forgiveness are the secrets they say
Anything less will just get in your way
Thanks for the memories, I hear my heart whisper
Taking one step at a time while missing my Skipper

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