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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: 7/14/2011 10:02:00 PM

    Carolyn, Congratulations on your contest entry! Thank you for entering your dedicated poem in my contest and also for supporting my contest. Have yourself a great and wonderful night. Sorry for the late congrats,..p.d

  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.

  1. Date: 12/2/2010 1:09:00 PM

    I loved this Carolyn your poem are full of feeling's that open my heart and inspires my to try harder.Thank you Carolyn for you taking your time to read and write me a kind comment.You and yours have a very merry Christmas.Your friend Teresa

  1. Date: 12/2/2010 11:41:00 AM

    What a great and moving tribute to your father! Wow! There is a deep and profound sadness throughout but matched by a deep and profound love.

  1. Date: 12/2/2010 8:08:00 AM

    Yes. This is the germ of my "Neighborhood" poems. Your father was the shining star. His love generated waves of love, transforming all around him, gathering all unto neighborhood. A loving tribute, Carolyn. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 12/2/2010 7:48:00 AM

    Wonderful tribute to a great man. Every man who takes on his responsibilities with love, like your father did, is a great man in my eyes. You were truly blessed to have had some one like him in your life. You'd be surprised how many males just don't 'Measure Up' to the term 'Father.' SO Nice to hear from you... always. I Hope the Holidays are good to You!

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 11:38:00 PM

    Thnx Carolyn for visiting my poem and leaving enouraging remarks. It's true narrative .... We are so blessed still struggle for smile... must learn a lesson or two from Orphans.... .... Luv/Best wishes always...Hitendra Mehta

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 10:31:00 PM

    What a very moving poem about your father, Carolyn-- and it sure is beautiful that he brought you all together during that most trying time-- even till the end he does best as a father... I have to say he must be shining brightly reading this-- thanks again for my win in your contest-- hugs-- nikko :)

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 9:58:00 PM

    Very touching poem, Carolyn. The title is most befitting and this surely deserves to be in the winners' circle. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 7:29:00 PM

    Carolyn - I have read so many of your poems that it's hard to pick a favorite but this has to be one of them...An elegant and moving tribute to your father...The title was perfect... Love, Tim

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 7:09:00 PM

    Carolyn this is so lovely and moving I feel quite emotional.The love you have-love never dies does it-just pours out of you through your words,he sounds as though he was a strong, dependable and truly loving father.This is why you have such a loving heart,you had a good teacher.He would be as proud of you as you are of him.Beautiful title,beautiful words,beautifully written. A pleasure to read.Thank you for comments on All...Truly my belief-I was negative-hope will help others as well.Love June

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 6:20:00 PM

    Such a wonderful tribute to the memory of your dear father. It is so good when we can say nice things about our parents, when they are not the abusing kind that some of our unfortunate co-poets had to encounter with. Hail to the man that was this loving and kind father. An excellent write and a sure win. Thanks for swinging by me and for your kind words. Luv and blessings, Joy (Jew)