David Ignatow

(7 February 1914 - 17 November 1997 / Brooklyn/ New York)

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For My Daughter


When I die choose a star
and name it after me
that you may know
I have not abandoned
or forgotten you.
You were such a star to me,
following you through birth
and childhood, my hand
in your hand.

When I die
choose a star and name it
after me so that I may shine
down on you, until you join
me in darkness and silence
together.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Rookie - 305 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (4/22/2014 9:26:00 PM)

    Nice poem from a father to a beloved daughter. Did not like the ending though: until you join me in darkness and silence together. Morbid. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 555 Points Allison Helman (4/16/2012 6:31:00 PM)

    Breathtaking, Fathers can seem remote as stars growing up in adulation and a bit of fear but, you always know they're there. So, maybe to name one twinkling guiding gift for father can be one twinkling guiding gift from the infinite created by Our Father. The poem is more than sentimental. It is true. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 353 Points Junepaulette Gasrel-tibbetts (8/13/2009 6:24:00 AM)

    people used to confuse me with his daughter-I remember them...She was lucky to have such a thoughtful dad honor her with his poem...
    I believe her name was 'Yadi' (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,632 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (10/24/2008 5:36:00 PM)

    I met David Ignatow many years ago in East Hampton where I spent part of my teen years.Ironically this is the first time I have ever read any of his poetry.my brother Fred knew him.I like his direct approach and this a very sentimental heart-felt poem.Peace.Many tens and stars (Report) Reply

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