Gone, Yet Here (Sonnet for Dad)

An old man gone remains here still,PAPA SANSBURY
Though only in some minds;
A hundred hearts retain the thrill
His love bestowed their lives.
He lived here ninety years plus three,
Then moved to yonder shore;
Where his bride from their teenage years,
Moved fourteen years before.
Though yonder those two lovers joined,
They both yet here remain;
their blood beats strong in ten they borne,
Plus hearts that from those sprang.
An old man’s gone yet he lives on,
My heart’s just one such home.

-Donald R. Sansbury, 2013

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