Sally Clark poetry: Remember Me


Daddy’s handkerchiefs
lined his pockets with
white embroidered linen,
eggplant plaid and bird-shell blue;
dime store packages of three
in shades of blue or gray or tan;
gifts from me,
at Father’s Day, Christmas
and birthdays.

Faithfully prepared,
he was never without
the means or the desire
to catch my tears
and carry them home
to remember
at the end of the day
how he had been there
when I needed him.

Now my life is stocked
with white paper tissues
to blow my sorrows into
and easily dispose of
the recipients of my distress
into conveniently lined receptacles
strategically placed
throughout my life.

But in my pocket
I still carry a
faded cotton memory of
his smooth-skinned care for me
and I will never forget
how he saved my tears
to remember me.



Author’s Notes: I wrote this poem after my dad, Fritz Sturdivant, died in 2001 and my sister embroidered a handkerchief for me with the words “remember me” on it.

In 2008, “Remember Me,” appeared in The Best Dad in the World, a gift book published by Howard Books. This poem was chosen to be the very last piece in the book, which is an honor. The last piece in any book is the “take-away” piece, the one that people are the most likely to remember.


In 2016, Silver Birch Press ran a call for submissions under the topic of “My Prized Possession” and they chose “Remember Me” to feature on their blog. You can see the post at:

Sally Clark

Sally Clark

Sally Clark and her husband, Mike, owned the Auslander Restaurant in Fredericksburg, Texas, from 1985 to 2001. Since retirement, Sally has been writing poems like clear pools, the kind where you can see all the way to the mossy rocks on the bottom. She writes about simple things like laundry and yellow highlighters, huge things like the trials of Job and the sins of Abraham, funny things like ice cream and penguins and Halloween, and scary things like heaven and hell and the color of dirt. Her award-winning poetry has been widely published in books, anthologies, magazines, gift books, and online. In 2017, her poem, "Los Compadres," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Sally's first publication for children is "Where's My Hug?" a lift-the-flap board book published by WorthyKids/Ideals. Buy it for a child you love.
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