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To My Father Funeral Poem

By Georgia Harkness

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A giant pine, magnificent and old
Stood staunch against the sky and all around
Shed beauty, grace and power.
Within its fold birds safely reared their young.
The velvet ground beneath was gentle,
and the cooling shade gave cheer to passers-by.
Its towering arms a landmark stood, erect and unafraid,
As if to say, “Fear nought from life’s alarms”.
It fell one day.
Where it had dauntless stood was loneliness and void.
But men who passed paid tribute – and said,
“To know this life was good,
It left its mark on me. Its work stands fast”.
And so it lives. Such life no bonds can hold –
This giant pine, magnificent and old.

This poem was written by Georgia Harkness 1891-1974, who has been described as one of the first significant American female theologians.

Poem TitleTo My Father
Poem Writer / AuthorGeorgia Harkness
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