Friday, January 11, 2013

where have they gone

When I was going through some of my late father's papers recently I came across this poem he wrote when my older sister and I were in our twenties. It had been many years since I read it, and I had forgotten about it as time passed.

Now that my daughters are in their thirties and there are grandchildren, I thought it was fitting to share it. I know my father would be so proud of the beautiful and special women my own daughters have become, as am I. 

Where Have They Gone
Reece Holloway

Where have they gone our beautiful children
Little girls dancing, laughing and singing
Playing and singing in the soft summer sunlight
Singing and laughing with their friends and playmates

Playing all day in the soft summer sunlight
Blonde curls flying, skipping and laughing
Singing and laughing in the land of the Bluegrass
Bringing pure joy to a young mother and father

Playing in a doll house the young father built them
Starting a club called "The Five Cherry Blossoms'
Dreaming their dreams in the warm summer sunlight
Through the soft summer days for ever and ever

Where have they gone, our beautiful children
Gone and left us, grown to adulthood
Grown to young women incredibly beautiful
Bringing joy to parents grown older and grayer

Still they are with us our beautiful children
Little girls dancing, laughing and singing
Blonde curls flying, skipping and laughing
Deep in our hearts for ever and ever

Time flies so quickly, and as the caption above tells us, when we leave this world the only things we can take with us are the things that are packed inside our hearts. I hope you are packing your hearts full, my sweet friends. It is so comforting to know that my father did.



  1. What a beautiful poem and such a treasure! Thank you so much for sharing it. Hope your weekend will be a really lovely one, blessings Pam

  2. Hi there...I just came over from Diane's pretty blog.
    I alsolutely "heart" our post!
    Carolynn xx

  3. Your dad must have been very special!

  4. Laura, Your father loved you...that's how I felt after reading the poem, that he was watching you girls and he loved you.xoxo,Susie

  5. That is absolutely a beautiful poem. What a treasure from your father!!

  6. What a beautiful heartfelt poem. It's a sweet legacy your father left for you, your sisters and your children. Sounds like he was a very very good man. What a blessing to have him as your father.

  7. How wonderful to have a poem written by your Father...what a treasure. I'm afraid, I've been worrying to much about the mundane lately. I need to lift my thoughts! Sweet hugs, my friend!

  8. That was really beautiful and it gave me a different way to look at things today.

  9. This is such a special poem to have from your Dad. Filling our hearts with love is everything!
    hugs, Linda

  10. What a lovely poem. My kids still live at home, but I do have one that is 19 already! So, I'm already starting to feel that way about him. They grow up so fast.

  11. What a wonderful poem and how talented your father was-and now as a gift to the next generation.
    Have a good weekend

  12. Laura! oh! That was lovely. Not many military men write so softy and gently. That was grand that you shared that.

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  13. A wonderful sweet sentiment. Thank you for sharing. This would be beautiful framed for all of you.

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  15. What a special, lovely post. You are so blessed to have that poem to connect your past to your daughters and to remember your father.

  16. Oh, Laura...that's the sweetest thing.
    What a treasure.
    xo, Tina

  17. A lovely poem written by your father! What a treasure.

  18. How beautiful, special and wonderful for you to have. :)

  19. Oh dear!Your poem hit My heart hard.I have four grown daughters.Those could have been My words except for the color of hair-all four brown.I can just see them out in the back yard playing... Boo Hoo....Yes, I'm now your newest follower.Thank you again Denise


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