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Published:June 17th, 2012 09:51 EST
For Father's Day: A Letter to Dad

For Father's Day: A Letter to Dad

By Ed Roberts

A Letter to Dad


I woke up this morning

Turned off the alarm clock

And got out of bed


Just like I used to do


I turned on the TV

Turned on the computer

And read my e-mails


Just another day


Later I ate lunch

Took a nap

Got back up

And got ready to go to work


Another ordinary day


I got home from work

Took a shower

Read a few more e-mails on the computer

And started off to bed


I had to stop

I couldn`t walk past the paper and pen

That was sitting here on the desk

I couldn`t walk past your picture

You know the one

The one hanging on the wall in the living room


No everything today was normal

And probably will be tomorrow

Everything was just like it was before

But now you are gone



I could not imagine a world without you

Not having you there

Whenever I picked up the phone

When I found time for you

In all the everyday hustle of my life

Whenever I needed your support

Whenever I needed your help

You were always there



I`m the Grandfather now

The one that my sons turn to

When they find the time

When they are faced with their challenges

I`m the one that they call



I wish I was half as good at this

As you were


So tonight

I am sitting alone in a dark room

One on one

With paper and pen

Trying to capture these few words


Trying to write in between my tears

Just to let you know

The world isn`t the same anymore

At least not for me


I know you`re still here

Sometimes I can see your face

When I look at my sons

I can hear your laugh

Coming out of my grandson`s mouth



I am writing this

Just to let you know

I am trying


Someday when we are back together again

You can let me know

Just how you think I did


Ed Roberts 1/27/07


(Taken from "Whispers, Tears, Prayers, and Hope" my last book)