When I Run into My Father for d’Verse by an incest survivor

When I run into my

father in heaven,

What would I do?

What should I do?

I hope he’s in heaven.

I hope I am too.

 

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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25 Responses to When I Run into My Father for d’Verse by an incest survivor

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the would/should line pairs and the paired hope for both you and your father. Short and simple is often powerful. Nice poem.

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  2. Intimidating thought nicely expressed!

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  3. maria says:

    Oh, from an incest survivor’s POV? Hmm.. now this added more depth to this poem.

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  4. kim881 says:

    Oh Nan, your poem is like a little beating heart of a prayer and conveys the ambiguous feelings an incest survivor must have towards a father..

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  5. rosross says:

    I think the message was clear. Nicely done.

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  6. Oh, Nan. What a simple little poem, and then what a powerful punch when you appreciate the context. I’m not sure I believe in heaven, but if there is one, I am sure you will be there, and whatever you do will be the right thing to do.

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  7. This is so poignant Nan. Perhaps forgiveness has finally happened?

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  8. Nan Mykel says:

    Thanks, the poem just popped out.

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  9. I guess it is a tribute to genuine forgiveness that one would wish for him to be in heaven too. Much love. XX

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  10. jerennazuto says:

    This is a punch. Quick and powerful. I can spin it on the color of revenge, because it seems obvious to me. But as I can see in the comments, it’s about forgiving, which is pretty admirable too. Either way, a great short poem.

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    • Nan Mykel says:

      Thanks so much. …And could you explain a little more about the color of revenge? Thanks for responding.

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      • jerennazuto says:

        Yes, it’s my pleasure. My initial understanding was that the victim didn’t have a chance to encounter her villain when she realized how she has been victimized. So it’s a threat like ‘I hope you are there too because I can’t wait to make you suffer the way you made me.’ A bit extreme perhaps?

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  11. Nan Mykel says:

    I guess I’m hoping they behave better than that in heaven! I think suffering is either on Earth or in the other place… Thanks for re-responding! (Actually I really fear heaven is only a pipe dream.., but a nice metaphor.) My options would probably be to speak or not to speak.

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