My Fathers Work

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A life looking back at life

Submitted: August 17, 2012

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Submitted: August 17, 2012




My Fathers Work


The empty bench looked inviting.

The weary traveller rested as a gentle breeze cooled his brow.

He wondered, as he stared out to sea, who had used the seat before him?

What had been their thoughts as they sat and took in the view?

Old or young this special place had the power to calm any troubled mind.

He recalled a happy time in his life, when he was young and strong, that feeling of invincibility. His father was still alive; although he was distant it was a comfort to know he was there if needed.

His body was acing from the punishing sea road, the walk was an effort for a man in his senior years but it was worth it because here he felt free.

Memories flooded his brain as his mind relaxes. Why had he not made more of an effort? Did he know how much he was loved? He desperately wanted that final conversation.

Reality suddenly kicks in; the time has come for him to share his secret.

The sun begins to rise a great red ball on the horizon, a single gull soars in the early morning sky, and could it be his sprit? And the empty bench looked inviting.

The traveller wandered along the deserted headland path breathing deeply as the sea air filled his lungs. His mind filled with a thousand thoughts.

His father’s work, a lifetime of labour, he felt pleased with his achievements, but sadness filled his heart, he could never receive confirmation from his taskmaster that his work was complete. Would he be proud?

Soon it would be time to share the work with his own son, how would he react?, would he embrace the challenge as he had or would he see it as a lifelong burden for which he would curse his father.

Tomorrow he would find out.


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