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No Greater Hero

Struggling through the Great Depression
Growing up fatherless in the care of a loving aunt
Losing her husband, his weary mother could not cope

Working for the Civilian Conservation Corps
Trying to support his family
Attending school at night to provide a better life

Playing his sax and clarinet
Resounding notes of joy cast blessings
Filling our home with happiness many children never know

Loving eyes and deep, gentle voice
Drawing admiration from all who came to know him
Speaking softly, never in harsh tones

Accepting life’s challenges
Forgiving when his children seemed ungrateful
Nurturing, caring, standing by our sides

Picking us up when we fell
Offering support in every endeavor
Being the kind of father he never had

Teaching us to work hard and achieve
Reminding us that life offers no guarantees
Encouraging us to rebound from challenges as “come-back kids”

Gathering at his hospital bedside New Year’s Day 2009
Astonishing nurses with the depth of our love 
Never leaving his side, three grown children rested hands upon his

Lingering six days in a coma, perhaps his soul already in heaven
Speaking to him, hoping he could hear
Wanting him to feel our love one last time

Siblings who rarely agreed
Concurring just this once
Feeling blessed by our father, the brightest star we see in heaven

* Dedicated to my father, Arthur Schwarz, who died January 6, 2009

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  1. Date: 5/28/2014 8:43:00 AM
    Carolyn This is such a heartwarming and lovely dedication to your daddy. The care and sweetness in your heart for him is clearly written with such passion. thank you for the great comment on my Birthday poem.

  1. Date: 7/14/2011 9:58:00 AM
    Beautifully dedicated poem to your father, Carolyn. Congratulations with your winner on Best Dedicated Poem. Bless up Paul

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 10:22:00 PM
    What a touching tribute to your father, Carolyn. Seriously strong lines here. You know wot? Seems like a lot of people who lived through the Great Depression, ended up being very stellar people. Congratulations on your win in P.D.'s contest~!

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 11:36:00 AM
    Congrats on your win, Carolyn. Nice going. luv Ralph

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 10:39:00 AM
    Congratulations Carolyn for your win in the contest "best dedication poem" sponsored by P.D. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 10:11:00 AM
    My Congratulations on your win sponsored by P.D...Hugs

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 10:11:00 AM
    My Congratulations on your win sponsored by P.D...Hugs

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 9:14:00 AM
    congrats on your win cory

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 4:43:00 AM
    Many Congrats my dear Carolyn....a beautiful Michael

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 4:06:00 AM
    My congratulations on this win in the contest of p.d., Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/13/2011 12:19:00 AM
    Greatly missed like my gone dad too, well done sweet baby blue. xo, Don

  1. Date: 1/27/2011 9:17:00 AM
    Congratulations on the win in Crystal's contest "My Hero" Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/19/2011 12:13:00 PM
    good to see your placement with this wonderfull piece, Carolyn.

  1. Date: 1/18/2011 2:09:00 PM
    I'm so glad your poem in tribute to your father was honoured. Like you my hero is my father, and he sure is 'A Man I'll Never Be' many congratulations on your fine win in Crystal's contest....:)

  1. Date: 12/17/2010 2:15:00 PM
    Very lovely read! I enjoyed reading your poetry today.. looking forward to reading more.. Dana'lynn

  1. Date: 12/5/2010 8:06:00 AM
    aww how nice and keep shining as you area shining star for the Lord, God bles from diane

  1. Date: 12/4/2010 7:04:00 AM
    Lovely dedication to your father Carolyn. I have to admit I was in tears when I wrote 'A Man I'll Never Be' to my father. I doubt I'll write another as nothing will surpass what I wrote. I so love the warm emotional feelings you have written here, straight from a loving heart >> James :)

  1. Date: 12/4/2010 5:05:00 AM
    I love the part where you spoke of him probably being already and when you said hoping he could hear you when he was in a coma, cause that's what happened to my grandmom before she died I love this

  1. Date: 12/3/2010 12:49:00 AM
    what more can one say, straight to my fav, awesome, there i said it. love Harry

  1. Date: 12/2/2010 2:46:00 PM
    This is an amazing dedication to your father, i wish we all had such a supportive parent for it would not only make lives easier but also write b'ful poetry. Thank you for taking time out to read and a touchy comment on "mother", i entered it for the "warm feelings" contest by a Khalili where you can dedicate poems on your parent, sibilings,.... Merry Christmas Carolyn.