He Never Said "I Love You"

Grand ‘qualities’ those years have marked by time we both so spent

Dear faithful ‘friend’ I’d true depend... which ‘to’ me the world meant

Great interest for my ‘welfare’ showcased values’ that assuaged

I learned... don’t judge your ‘covered book’... not reading print ‘tween page


Great understanding thinker so observant with concern

Your spirit-core and insight with sound care willed me to learn

Attentive to the ‘smallest’ things...  So generous in thought

With humor, much adventure, grand surprise your rare life brought


I called one Tuesday morning just to say I would come by
Too sick to even walk the floor - you asked... "When come would I"
So self absorbed, much later called, I planned another day
My daddy-grand, a godly man... one week more passed away

I did not get to say ‘good bye’; he wanted to 'go home'
Yet this we never talked about... that thought I mourned alone
I did not ever want to know a world without him near
To share the things that gave me hope and filled my life with cheer

Curious, strange and fascinating... great man of mystery
With watchful eye, ready ear and huge generosity
He gave what means and time he had to every kind of folk
His words were true to those he knew; his life great volumes spoke

No more my trusted teacher see... my confidant - ‘old’ friend
The rock I loved to 'hang around’ and counselor to the end
With great respect and solemn awe we thrived in harmony
But strong regret now filed my soul... great grief made captive - me

He never said "I Love You"... yet the life that he once lived
Expressed these thoughts through actions - unspoken love he'd give
With hearts and souls and ‘mind-connect’ we knew without a ‘word’
The beauty of "I Love You" lived... ‘mo better than it 'heard'

©2008   NDL II

scooke2093   scooke2093 wrote
on 4/17/2013 7:26:23 PM
This piece is incredibly written, very much enjoyed reading, great job indeed

Lee   Lee wrote
on 4/16/2013 8:39:38 AM
Many ways to love, indeed. A poweful reflection.

Gatekeeper   Gatekeeper wrote
on 11/2/2008 1:55:48 AM
The last stanza is incredibly thought provoking...really enjoyed this piece

G_Money   G_Money wrote
on 10/14/2008 9:15:39 PM
I can but echo what is already here. Well written in form and substance. I think your last lines will be one of my life quotes now :)

Lobito   Lobito wrote
on 10/5/2008 7:29:12 PM
That was very well written. I loved it ;)

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