Sunday, June 18, 2017

MAN OF COURAGE

In honor of Father's Day in the U.S.
I submit this poem to
Poets United Poetry Pantry #358
June 18, 2017

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As we rode through summer breezes
The man of courage and I
He taught me still another lesson
As he had since I was just so high.

For the years had left their burden
And now he walked with a cane
And the body once strong and strapping
Now faltered and gave much pain.

I heard him not once complaining
As we passed fields of grain on our drive
But commenting on God’s bounty and sunshine
Saying, “It’s a good day to be alive”.

When I find I’m feeling sorry
For the problems and troubles I’ve had
I look to my model of courage
With humble gratitude…I love you, Dad.
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19 comments:

  1. Beverly, this is so moving. He sounds so wonderful. It's a good day to be alive....i love his gratitude.

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  2. Love this... especially that saying:
    "it's a good day to be alive"
    Somehow I feel this contrasted to the song by robbie robertson... it's a good day to die.

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  3. Such a moving tribute, Beverly!

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  4. A breath of fresh air. Nice tribute.

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  5. This brought a lump to my throat. Beautiful thoughts ... tenderly rendered. I love this poem!

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  6. What a wonderful lesson he taught you. Good to remember his wisdom and his way of living on Father's Day as well as other times of the year. Beautiful thoughts.

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  7. Beautiful! He would be (is) so proud of you.
    ZQ

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  8. This really is a beautiful tribute to your father and such a great read.

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  9. A deeply moving tribute to the special man in our life on this special day.

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  10. Beautiful tribute on Father's Day. Thank you,

    Elizabeth

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  11. My father is still very young, and lucky enough to suffer less body pain than I do. But your pain brought to mind my grandmother, a woman who grew what she ate and took care of her own lands and animals. She was so strong, a giant to my eyes... the reason for most of the thanks I've offered to the universe. Thanks for bringing her smile and strength to my memory.

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  12. A wonderful tribute to your father. Unfortunately, not everyone has/had such a father.

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  13. Beautifully written – and I very much relate, having had a father whose leg pained him most of his life following an accident. Like yours, he was uncomplaining and a lover of life.

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  14. A touching poem...very inspiring

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