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excerpts from:
A poem for my father

by Tom Palmer, Scotsman.com 11/11/06

FOR the 300 mourners, it was just too much to bear. As the poignant words of a ten-year-old girl remembering her dead father echoed around the church, tears flowed like rain.

Athena, the daughter of Flight Lieutenant Gareth Nicholas, who died in Afghanistan, said goodbye in a beautiful poem, called simply My Dad.

On the eve of Remembrance weekend, she paid tribute to her father, who died along with 13 others when their Nimrod plane, from RAF Kinloss, crashed near Kandahar on 2 September. ..........................

My dad

By Athena Nicholas

He was a great Father for every good Reason,
I wish he was still alive.
He would still be with me if it hadn't gone wrong, I wish he had survived.

I feel like it was all a dream.
But it's not what it seems.
That he's still with me in my heart.
And in my sad sad dreams.

I'm crying at this moment.
But I can't stop now.
I wish he was still with me.
And he's whispering in the clouds.

I will visit you in your dreams.
And we shall roam free.
Playing in the grassy fields.
Definitely You and Me.

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