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You're Easy to be Proud of

You have grown to be such a man
yet, I cannot help but see the boy in you
you are my Son, who wears many uniforms
as your father, I cannot help but be Proud,

I see you march in the Orange and Black
your new horn, the one you have polished to a glow
every step you take, Orchestrated to perfection
with every note played, My pride, Crescendo 

Then, you have worked hard, and Matured
a letter arrives, Office of the Governor, the Man himself
an invitation, Ambassadorship, a Musical one
Travel Europe, Summer next, Seven Countries

A Father, busting with pride, Why? I'll tell you!

        Because, " Your Easy to be Proud of"

Yet as proud as I am, there is this other Uniform
the one you wear with Honor, Duty, Love of Country
the one with Medals, Braids and Epaulets 
the one with a special pin, a hometown pin

Five Stars Golden, enveloped by Black and Orange
Tenne' a Chevron, a Chief, a Ring of Life
of the First Argent, A Scroll in Black
an inscription, " Classis Adhaereo Adstringo"

A Motto, In Latin, ascribed by the Navy
for Five hometown boys Lost in War
of how they lived and died " We Stick Together"
Albert,Francis,George,Joseph and Madison Sullivan

In that Uniform, I see the Man, not the boy
I cannot help but be caught, in solemn thought
This Man, with Anapolis in sight and mind
on this, the Eve of the 9/11 tragedy and War

That solemn thought reverts to Sacrifice
the Sullivan's sacrificed,9/11 over 3000 sacrificed
all did so,willingly or not, for Country, for God
I think you have foreseen Your Destiny, Your own

Josh, whatever Uniform you decide to wear,
whatever path, you may choose to walk
I'll always Love you, Be there for and with you
and be So Very Proud of You, Why? Because!

             You're Easy to be Proud of! 

             With all my Love.....Dad

Copyright 2011 Richard Pickett

Copyright © Richard Pickett

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  1. Date: 9/13/2011 9:11:00 PM
    this Ooem does my heart good and restores my faith in Parenting and sonship. 'from what you've told me before i already knew Josh was a good man and he has been taught by one as well. God bless you all. HI MARY!

  1. Date: 9/13/2011 11:43:00 AM
    A wonderful write my dear. Josh is a wonderful child...and will do great things when he grows up. A superb tribute to him! And to the Sullivan brothers as well. Can feel the depth of emotions in every line! ~((Hugs))

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 11:34:00 PM
    this sensitive, well-scribed piece allows me to feel that special bond between father and son.. heartwarming,richard! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 6:28:00 PM
    Richard that is so beautiful-I love that you will be proud however he turns out-THAT is a true parent :)

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 5:19:00 PM
    He sounds like a son to be proud of and I'm so glad he's yours. I can feel how happy you are.

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 2:21:00 PM
    Smile, *^_^* “A Very Profound, Exceptional, Stirring & Loving Verse My Dear Precious Friend Taz! *^_^* Many Different Colours Are Found Amid This Wonderful Poetics Flag Flying High *^_^* I Believe That Love, Encompasses Them All So, Simply, Beautiful & One for The Loving Faves *^_^* Thank You, for The Kind Visit My Dear Blessed Friend; Much Appreciated!” === My Love Unto You & All You Love, Always & Forever, Jasper *

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 2:14:00 PM
    What a very beautiful sentiment. Congratulations on a son to be proud of. Very nice.

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 1:10:00 PM
    This is a beautiful tribute to your son and it had me in tears this morning. It shows your pride and your love and all I can say is this touched my heart. God Bless Phyl

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 12:59:00 PM
    Before I had even read a word of your fantastic piece Richard, I had a tear in my eye. The title "You're Easy to be Proud of" I doubt I'll read a better one, I HONESTLY mean this from my heart. Then upon reading your words, WOW! - I have three sons, all working but not in the Forces. Sometimes when ones reads poems, you always look for the GEM of GEMS - I've found my Diamond to read time again. Have a most wonderful weekend - this Highlander smiles through tears :''')

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 12:12:00 PM
    a touching tribute and tender write to a fine son Taz and such uplifting words ..we all recall that dreadful day in our country's tragedy.. another threat is looming to disrupt the honor and celebration on sad.. terrorists never take a vacation..but constantly chip away at our foundation... this poem is a blessing to all who read my friend.. if u go to my on my photos icon..u will see my youngest military proud this Mom..luv..

  1. Date: 9/9/2011 12:11:00 PM
    A beautiful dedication Bro Pickett. They are so easy to be proud of aren't they? God bless, Where have you been? Agape, Moses