I saw a burial with a bugler playing taps;
I turned to my father, “what happened?” I asked.
He clutched my hand and with a quiver in his voice,
he began to explain and his eyes became moist.
“My son,” he said, “this is rather difficult for me;
for an old veteran like myself this is tough to see.
In that coffin lies a genuine patriotic warrior,
an honest-to-God hero, an American soldier.
I appreciate that soldier and the service he gave,
and I honor his sacrifice as he’s laid in his grave.
He was honorable, selfless, courageous, and bold;
please remember him son, as you grow old.
The value of his service, I must explain,
if not remembered, will be lost in vain.
As a nation we’re nothing without soldiers like him;
and failing to remember would be a terrible sin.”
I listened in awe as my father spoke,
it seemed as if his heart were broke.
I suddenly remembered when he went to war,
and when he returned I thought nothing more.
I never asked why he walked with a limp,
and I didn’t care about why he was sick.
I was too busy enjoying the life that I had,
to realize that I had it because of dad.
I finally understood what my dad was about,
and it hurt so bad I cried out loud.
He sacrificed so much so I could be free,
and his battle scars were suffered for me.
It was my father’s spirit that spoke to me that day;
thank God I finally understood what he had to say.
I saluted his coffin as they laid him to rest,
and I thought about the medals pinned on his chest.
That I didn’t honor him sooner, I will always regret;
and I pledged that day to never again forget.
I’m proud that my dad was a patriotic warrior;
I’m honored to be the son of an American soldier.
What makes the decision
To flick the switch
To end ones life
For the sake of it
Bullied at school
Fork in the road
To let death rule
Daughters and sons
What ever affects them
They just can't outrun
Sadness and tears
By all left behind
Will they ever understand
When I'm alone I wonder why you didn't fight for me
You get more credit for being a dad that you deserve to be
All the times you gave your word and left me standing in the rain
All the promises you broke and left my heart with pain
Even as a little child I never could understand
How you could ignore me all the time and still call yourself a man
All the times you said I love you and never backed it up
All the love you never showed and all your lack there of
I only wanted you to care, I longed for your attention
All the mistakes and problems you caused, I won't waste time to mention
I wanted you to be there for me, though you never were
So how can you still say you miss me, you've really got some nerve
Others made of for the loss of you, but it's never been the same
I now have the only man I need, I hate to even speak your name
I have someone else who makes me feel good, it will never be my dad
I just wish you would have been the father I never had
What You Abandoned
You destroyed the man you were supposed to be
The day you decided to abandon me
A choice you made which affected me for years
A void that you designed in me that left me drowning in my tears
I remember as a little boy, waiting to see you through the window
I was so excited knowing we were going fishing that I held tight to my fishing pole
Patiently, I kept waiting even though hours were passing painfully by
Noticing that mama had that watery look of sadness in her eyes
She gently grabbed hold of my hand and took me out for ice cream
She was trying to fix the pain you inflicted upon me
She did that for years, so I wouldn't hurt that you never came back around
I searched everywhere but it was you that I never found
I thank mama for giving me the love that I show today towards my son
I don't know where I would be or what I would've done
If she didn't rescue me out of the dark where you wanted me to be
I probably would've lived the rest of my life bitter and empty
Today, I refuse to be a replica of the man who walked away
From a little boy of his own, who had a wish that you would stay
I have alittle boy now and he smiles at me all the time
His love gives me the sparkle I should've had when I was child
I hear him calling daddy and I come right over to his side
Never will he have to feel a sense of sadness that I left him behind
I've had the pleasure to embrace him taking his first step that lead into my arms
I'm proud of being what you longed abandoned, a man who never meant any harm
This is a tribute to all the children growing up today with the pain of having an absent parent.
Saving, Blessing, Guiding
King, Lord of Lords, Savior, Creator
Teaching, Leading, Fishing
building , directing , sacrificing
family head, director, leader, manager
nursing , assisting, guiding
teacher, adviser, counselor, caregiver,
leading, molding, supervising
giving unconditional love
whom we can hold on to and trust,
so,love and honor your father and mother
one of the commandments
Above are precious diamonds and gifts of love,
Safely kept in my diamante- poem treasure box.
Sponsor: Poet Dr. Ram Mehta
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
There once was a man from Niagara
whose wiener's so long it would stab ya'
but when it got little
his pills became skittles
until he O.D.'d on Viagra
© ~JSLambert 2011*****A classic "stiff" competitor, standing "firm" amongst other "members" in the "thick" of the competition:) hope everyone gets "a rise" out of it!
A million times I've needed you
A million times I've cried
If love alone could have saved you
You never would have died
In life I loved you dearly
In death I love you still
In my heart you hold a place
No one can ever fill
It broke my heart to lose you
But you did not go alone
A part of me went with you
The day GOD called you home
Your precious memory is my keepsake
With which I'll never part
GOD has you safely in HIS keeping
But I have you forever in my heart
My father is a hero.
He stands so tall and proud.
His hands are firm, But gentle.
He stands out in a crowd.
People stop to Thank him.
For Freedom he does fight.
My father is a Soldier.
But he's my Dad at night!
Crown of Sonnets
Aside the rolling sea
Falling from the knowing stars
Beyond these swaying trees ~
Shadows playing, now
Beneath their dancing leaves
Twirling toward the waiting ground
Amid this summer's breeze ~
Splashing upon their journeys canvas
Colliding, with the darkened skies
Celestial colours of heavenly wonders
These painting's, before my joyful eyes ~
Turning toward such whispers, now
Which penetrate the darkened night
Echoes of Angelic splendours
Gliding, atop the timeless tide....
Twinkle twinkle, you silken stars
Now I know, just who, you are!
Walking toward the waiting shoreline ~
From beneath these swaying trees
Endless lights of brightened wisdom
Amid this summers breeze
Truth, beyound the promised horizon
Within this place I've seen ~
And heard Angelic voices
Whisper, "Your Light," deep inside of me
"The Father, of All Creation!"....
Now waltzing upon, "Your Eternal, Sea!" *