An Open Poem To My Father
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An Open Poem To My Father

A poem written after a traumatic experience.

An Open Poem To My Father
Abby Bowles

Heartbeat: A poem


Thump Thump…

Thump Thump Thump…




It’s still there

Steady and going

Thank God

I thought I lost you for a minute

And I was so scared

More than I had ever been

I started to count the beats

Like those in my favorite songs

And for every thud and thump I heard

I remembered

Every memory we ever shared

All the times you made me laugh

The hugs you would give me to stop the tears

The feel of my hand in yours giving me strength

The pride I felt when you smiled at me

The number of times you said I love you

The number of times I said it back

I could not stop thinking

About how much I didn’t want to lose you

Not now

Not ever

So even though I wasn’t there when it happened after I heard I started to count

My heartbeats

Because as long as my heart is still going...

Yours’s is too

No power in this world could stop my heart from beating for you

You’re my go to person

My best friend

My father

My dad

And I love you

So please whenever you lose hope


Give up


Or fail


Count your heartbeats

And even though I may not be there you will still be able to hear it

Maybe quietly at first

But it’s there


Thump Thump…

Thump Thump Thump…

My heartbeat

Our heartbeats are like a dance

As long as we keep dancing

Nothing can stop us

So, dance







And smile

Because guess what?

I can still hear your heartbeat

Author's Note!!!

I wrote this because last Sunday my dad had a massive heart attack. I was scared out of mind from the fear of loosing him. My dad is my best friend and I can not imagine a world without him. This poem helped me cope with those feelings and I hope it does the same for anyone else who has experienced something similar. So dad if your reading this just know that no words can describe just how much I love you. But I love you dad and I'm glad your okay.

With Love,


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