Weekly Scribblings #47 and we're asked to consider lessons learned from someone we loved. I learned so many things from my father, who led his life by example. In his later years, I captured this golden afternoon in poem, when he taught me the lesson of gratitude.
Submitted to Poets and Storytellers United, November 25, 2020
A MAN OF COURAGE
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.