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For My Dad

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For My Dad

More than two years it be since me old dad had to fly. I miss him you know, he was 
my best friend. I miss the twinkle in his Scottish,Irish,American eyes, a kind and 
caring Gent was he. Times there are when I sit on the porch and talk to him, like he 
was there next to me. If anyone was to hear they'd think a loony man I be, guess I 
wouldn't disagree. At the the age of three orphaned was he, placed in the 
orphanage with two of his four brothers. Cruel treatment he did receive, still had the 
scars to witness the abuse they dealt him, undeserved though it be. Never did 
break him, stubborn he was, passed down by his anstery, can say the same for me. 
Great depression was on, none could afford another mouth to feed. At the age of 
fourteen put out on the street , all because he refused to stay with a farmer who 
wouldn't let him finish school. All the man wanted was for dad to be his tool. A little 
help from a friend and some kindly Gents, a sleeping room he did get. Worked three 
jobs finished high school, I told you stubborn he be. Old Uncle Sam drafted him then, 
a soldier they needed him to be. Only five nine one hundred thirty five he was 
soakin wet. Balck hair, hazel eyes, a fine looking lad was he. Thirty cal. machine 
gunner he was assigned, to everyone's surprise. Little man was he, but the heart of 
a lion he did have. From the shores of France to Berlin he did fight. Bronze star for 
valor, Holocaust memorial award, battle for Atlantic,European theater,Seinne river 
crossing, Rhine river crossing, battle of the buldge, army of occupation, all these 
medals he did receive. I know if they'd asked him do you want to fight a war? No 
thanks he would have said, for a peaceful man I be. The day they placed him in the 
ground, amist his World War II brothers, the sky was crying, and so was I. Taps for 
him they did blow, gun salute. Folded the flag and gave it to my mom, in her eyes I 
could see that her world had come to an end. Such pain in my heart, I just wanted to and flee. Instead I stubbornly stood there, to honor the memory of my dad.

In Loving memory of my dad: W. Jack Ross :  1924-2009: I still miss him.

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  1. Date: 8/7/2011 11:10:00 PM
    Whew, I love this poem, u have such a way with words. I lost my father in 1999 i understand the love inside this poem hugs Anita Everhart

    Ross jr. Avatar Jack Ross jr.
    Date: 8/8/2011 4:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much lovely Lady for your kind comments, much appreciated.....with love...old Jack
  1. Date: 7/27/2011 4:31:00 AM
    most important thing is said - peace. honestly, I would like it to be my father.

    Ross jr. Avatar Jack Ross jr.
    Date: 7/27/2011 12:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much dear Gentleman for your kind comment......God bless....Old Jack
  1. Date: 7/26/2011 10:13:00 PM
    What a wonderful tribute to this fine man. What wonderful memories you have recorded and shared with us....you have much to be proud of, Jack! And I'm sure you are as fine a man as your Dad. :)

    Ross jr. Avatar Jack Ross jr.
    Date: 7/26/2011 10:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks for your kind and gracious comments lovely Lady...appreciated much...with love.......Old Jack
  1. Date: 7/24/2011 8:24:00 PM
    Your father, just like mine, who came through the hardship test, fought in the wars, till they left our shores, when we bashed them, no contest. (japs) Good old buggers hey, Good on you Jack I say!!! Don

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    Date: 7/24/2011 8:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My Aussie Gent Mate....you are always so gracious and kind with your comments, can't tell you how much I appreciated it.....Old Jack Your New Poem is AWESOME OUTRAGEOUS FUN.......Good on you Don!
  1. Date: 7/23/2011 11:35:00 PM
    Awesome! Wonderful dedication to your dad, and very moving. Being from Belgium, I am extremely grateful to America for the liberation of my country from Nazi Germany. I lost my Dad 5 years ago and I still miss him. Thanks for sharing. Caroline.

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    Date: 7/24/2011 12:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you wonderful Lady for your kind comment on For my dad....nice to hear appreciation for their sacrifices...appreciated so much...with Love...Old Jack
  1. Date: 7/23/2011 3:03:00 PM
    Pss. Smile, *^_^* “I Knew That Date Had to Be A Typo *^_^* Fast Forward, Ten Thousand Years )))) *

    Ross jr. Avatar Jack Ross jr.
    Date: 7/23/2011 4:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Oops, me doth think I made a bobo, lol.....thanks for pointing that out friend....really Love your poetry....Old Jack
  1. Date: 7/23/2011 3:00:00 PM
    Ps. Smile, *^_^* “Thank You, Dear Jack, For The Kind Com &, I Love This Beautiful Verse Too === Love Again to All, Jasper *

    Ross jr. Avatar Jack Ross jr.
    Date: 7/26/2011 10:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your gracious and kind coment.....much appreciated mate.....Old Jack
  1. Date: 7/23/2011 2:26:00 PM
    Smile, *^_^* “Well, It Sounds As Though Your Precious Father Were A Very Beautiful, Loving & Brave Soul, My Dear Brother = Stirs My Heart When I View Such Writes & Behold These Warm Images of Love & Life *^_^* And I Wiped A Tear From My Own Eye == But, His Beauty Lived A Long Life *^_^* 1224 to 2009 Seven Hundred & Eighty-Five Years *^_^* Beautiful, Loving Poem My Dear Friend &, One Day Your Hearts Shall Unite Again, Evermore.” === My Love to You & Yours, Always, Jasper *

    Ross jr. Avatar Jack Ross jr.
    Date: 7/23/2011 2:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks mate, he was a hearty Old Highlander, lol