Tears and Confetti

I stopped thinking about how you would

react to something I do years ago. The red

cardinal bird reminds me all the time

of the brown color of your eyes. Death descends

and takes away hope. It takes away

all the achievements you have missed

while sleeping. If only I could

combine my tears with confetti

to celebrate your death and my life

in one afternoon. I could sit

with your ghost and tell you

about all the stories you missed.

Besides myself, first thing I would

tell you is thank you for protecting

my son from being hit by a car,

from his injuries, I know it was you.

(and so does he)

Thank you for watching over us

and wiping my tears when I drive.

I know it was you. Thank you

for reminding me of what is

important even when I cannot

hear your voice, it still echoes

inside me. Thank you for the

realization that being your

daughter made me proud as well

and when people came to

tell me what you have done

for them over the years

I saw you in another light

that brightened up my world.

All these facets, I miss.

All these journeys we never took.

That time you stopped the car

on the way to New York City,

took picture of the fall trees

in the middle of the highway,

Mom shouting we would get killed

your arms around my back

smiling at the camera.

I know it was you.




  1. Eric · January 25, 2016

    This made me cry. ❤ your beautiful words are always so touching to me. This is amazing, Christina.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chrissy · January 25, 2016

      Thank you Eric, I was crying when I was writing it so I guess you felt my emotion. :(( it all started with a poet friend showing me her dad’s text, well the rest is history…

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      • Eric · January 25, 2016

        Tears in the writer, tears in the reader….
        So you are doing fine, My Dear. 😏

        Liked by 1 person

      • Chrissy · January 25, 2016

        always, a survivor, poetry saved my life xxxxx

        Liked by 1 person

  2. clinock · April 22, 2016

    Most touching and real words I have experienced in a long while, thank you…


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  4. Chrissy · February 23, 2017

    Reblogged this on Christina Strigas.


  5. Vishal Bheeroo · February 24, 2017

    Intriguing but there are things such as protective arms that we cannot explain. Soulful words touching the inner sense.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. earnestlydebra · February 24, 2017

    I know she’s there too. I can see her in your heart. in lak’ech, Debra

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Chrissy · February 24, 2017

    Thank you, it was actually my father I was writing about.:)


  8. Sarahn Says · February 24, 2017

    Wow! This brought me to tears. I feel so blessed to have found my way here. Thank you for adding to my weekend.

    Liked by 1 person

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