Thomas Hopkins Givens, MD

Thrived on little sleep
Thousands babies delivered
Always full of joy

High demands on time
Patients counted on him
We had his full heart

Stitches, casts, broken hearts
Listening ear, tender spirit
Servant’s heart

Diagnostician
Acute or chronic, unfazed
Stayed till crisis end

Priority care
Each concern never ceasing
Vanishing doctor

Twinkling eyes of blue
Humble, quiet and doting
Fan of junkie food

Champion of youth
Gardener and chef
Community inspiration

Loved by all kinfolks
Doctor for generations
Beaming daughter proud

They called him “Doc”
I called him “my Daddy”
God called him home!

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© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

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Submitted to Magic in the Backyard: Free Write Friday: Week 6 (2-25-2011)
http://magicinthebackyard.wordpress.com/

Submitted to Jingle’s Potluck Monday, week 25 <http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/2011/03/poetry-potluck-idols-role-models-and.html

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About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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33 Responses to Thomas Hopkins Givens, MD

  1. Pingback: ♥ Daddy ♥ | "On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea"

  2. What a lovely tribute! He sounds like a wonderful man.

    • Becca Givens says:

      Ahhh, thank you! :-)
      Yes, indeed, he was a wonderful man – humble, full of life and love, revered by his patients, tower of strength, wisdom and patience. I miss him greatly!

  3. Olivia says:

    Becca, this is a beautiful tribute to your dad..
    They called him “Doc”
    I called him “my Daddy”
    God called him home!

    Very well written Dear One :)
    Hugs xx

  4. dani says:

    i love that you can see his smile in his eyes. a lovely tribute.

  5. fiveloaf says:

    your dad a doctor? wow! thank you for sharing this becca.. my potluck- http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2011/03/08/nectar-from-heaven/

    • Becca Givens says:

      Yes, one of those rare kind, who still made “house calls” and accepted bartering even in these modern times! We enjoyed many goodies from gardens and the Gulf as payment. ;-)

  6. versebender says:

    A loving tribute…so very well done. vb

  7. honeyhaiku says:

    It is a wonderful tribute, words to immortalize a wonderful father and man!

  8. Jingle says:

    A++

    Happy Monday.

    thanks for the support.

  9. Jingle says:

    lovely tribe to your father, he must be smiling all over reading this.

  10. bendedspoon says:

    Great tribute to your Dad! You both have twinkling eyes :)

  11. Leo says:

    a wonderful tribute to your dad, Becca.. a great mentor to have! :)

    Leo @ I Rhyme Without Reason

  12. Kim Nelson says:

    Beautiful testament to love and the man. Nice write, Becca

  13. Oh my… This is a wonderful tribute to your father. Aren’t daddys the greatest inspiritation? Thank you for the great contribution to free write friday !

  14. Mike Patrick says:

    A beautiful tribute. One can do no better than to be remembered with pride and love.

    • Becca Givens says:

      Thank you … he is indeed remembered with pride and love, as well as missed! There is a void – but this expression eased it without me initially realizing it … like it had to be written … appreciate your visit and comment!

  15. gege says:

    aww I was just telling mom how we used to go into the office on Saturdays when he was watching us so he could see patients. We had our play doctor’s bag and he let us use an empty patient’s room so we could pretend.. Poor Jane.. always diagnosed with something bad.. hahahah. He truly loved life. :)

  16. My guess is that this is a tribute to your father–so beautifully done, Becca. A life well lived that you honor in your own.

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