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Humble but Heroic

He was the leader of the band till age ninety-three Won the Senior Olympics five-mile race thirty times In the Depression Dad worked to feed his family And succeeded by pinching all nickels and dimes Never raised his voice in anger; that was not Dad’s way Gave money to educate Native Americans But he didn’t once mention the cash he gave away To animal rights causes and disabled veterans At six feet, broad-shouldered, he handled Mom’s depression And brightened children’s lives with his dramatic antics Making up stories on the spot with imagination He mastered the art of pulling laughs from his bag of tricks Friends were jealous; none had a father as kind as mine Imagine the pride I felt when he walked me down the aisle A humble man who never complained, not even one whine Though I’m alone now, Dad made my childhood worthwhile He didn’t wear Superman’s cape or have a magic ring Some might have mistaken him as an ordinary man But Dad set the bar so high, to me he was a king No boys could ever match him, the hero of our clan
*For Jeanette Fisher’s “Holding Out for a Hero” Contest

Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire

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  1. Date: 5/7/2012 1:16:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the "Holding out for a Hero" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/7/2012 11:56:00 AM
    Belated Congratulations on your win Carolyn xx

  1. Date: 5/6/2012 9:42:00 AM
    Such wonderful memories! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 5/6/2012 8:17:00 AM
    Congrats on your well deserved win, Carolyn. Awesome tribute, my friend. Kudos. luv and hugs, Ralph

  1. Date: 5/6/2012 3:47:00 AM
    Awwwww....Congratulations Carolyn on your win!! Well Done...Big Hugs :) love ya, deb

  1. Date: 5/5/2012 9:21:00 PM
    Sounds like he could have worn Superman's cape. A very nice tribute to a very special man.

  1. Date: 5/5/2012 6:17:00 PM
    We were lucky children and adults to have such men to look up to. Your poem obout him is worthy of winning anytime.. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 4/9/2012 7:28:00 PM
    I knew it was going to be about your Dad Carolyn. As soon as i read the first few words,, good to know more of him, such men are few in the world; maybe you can introduce us one day."it would be a pleasure to know him one to one..)

  1. Date: 4/8/2012 10:21:00 PM
    What a special and humble writing of a famous man, your father! I feel like I knew him all those years ago when he was at his best, playing with the children and wearing a wonderful vest! I love how he was idolized by so many people in the area! And how this courageous hero loved you very much, and who was proud of you! I have to say I've really appreciated your poems that you have written lately! Thank you for sharing all of them! I thoroughly enjoyed your write that i have read this evening!

  1. Date: 4/8/2012 7:39:00 PM
    He sounds like the best dad anyone could ask for, nice tribute Carolyn, love vie

  1. Date: 4/8/2012 6:22:00 PM
    A great poem to tribute your father. Good luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 4/8/2012 5:16:00 PM
    A lovely hero your dad, Carolyn. Beautiful done this poem. Wish you good luck in contest! - oxox love Anne-Lise