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Uncle Sam

There he was! Staggering in the corridor, in
Clean white shirt, white bow, and white trouser
All white even the shoes, except his brown leather hat
Covering his bold head with few hairs his comb never missed
Bade everyone “Good morning” with one toothy smile, 
In return he got all our love unblemished

He was every body’s dearest “Sam Uncle”
Old Uncle Sam hardly missed a day in his office
He was there like a prayer, if possible on holidays
Whether the day was rainy or windy he did bother less
He was the first to sign the register at our PM’s office
He lurched to his table, kept near the receptionist 

During the lunch breaks we await, his company so amused
To listen to the aftermath of Second World War. 
His poems, his songs and his heroic love sagas
He knew that we didn't believe, made- ups all by him
Then chuckles like a child until tears roll down 
He knows how to tickle you with his jokes rewound

I had to leave my office and him after my confinement
I soon forgot him and the office, I was busy in my home
One afternoon when glued to the TV, telephone deafened my ears
Sheela my old friend, sobbed from the other end of the cord, 
"Mr. Sam collapsed in our corridor today and passed away now”, 
 I too couldn't hide my sobs,His staggers envisaged

He was a living Angel, and may have winged to heaven,
His poems, his songs, his love sagas still echo my ears




Uncle Sam was no relative of our chairman, although he too called him "Uncle Sam", 
But a devoted clerk during his father’s time.
Even after the retirement he continued to come to his office. 
This is a tribute to him.

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  1. Date: 6/3/2013 9:22:00 AM
    Humble are they who fill our lives with imagination

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Interesting work honoring this gentlemen ..Enjoyed reading your work..Thanks for the visits to my work..Your presence was encouraging..Sara

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 1:11:00 PM
    A wonderful tribute on this lovely and beautiful Memorial Day. a hero..... Manel, God Bless.... xox~ Linda

    gunatillake Avatar manel gunatillake
    Date: 5/27/2013 1:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you dearest Linda!..... Love and Hugs
  1. Date: 5/27/2013 11:46:00 AM
    Dropping by to say good morning. Hugs Rick

    gunatillake Avatar manel gunatillake
    Date: 5/27/2013 1:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good morning my dearest friend!
  1. Date: 5/27/2013 9:52:00 AM
    A monument to one human erected by a grateful and devoted heart! Beautiful!

    gunatillake Avatar manel gunatillake
    Date: 5/27/2013 10:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Demetrios
  1. Date: 5/26/2013 9:54:00 PM
    I guess everyone was thinking the same thing... (America's Uncle Sam)... I've written lots of political pieces and they always manage to release the anger out of me. ANYway... I'm glad this was a different Uncle Sam. Sorry to hear about your friend, but I think you did him proud with this very endearing tribute... much respect!

    gunatillake Avatar manel gunatillake
    Date: 5/27/2013 10:43:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Tim
  1. Date: 5/26/2013 3:09:00 PM
    It was not what I expected ( a tribute to our government. haha) But a lovely tribute to somebody else who is deserving of it!!! he sounded incredible.

    gunatillake Avatar manel gunatillake
    Date: 5/27/2013 10:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes he was really nice. Thank you Andrea.
  1. Date: 5/25/2013 4:32:00 PM
    Great tribute, I thought it was going to be political commentary based on the USA. This was much better. Their Uncle Sam sends poor unsuspecting boymen off to fight wars in other countries. This may be a bit harsh but there are several strands of truth within my words.

    gunatillake Avatar manel gunatillake
    Date: 5/25/2013 4:55:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. I hate politics so a thing like that won't come out from a person like me. But whether u like it or not, u wake up with politics, you have your 3 meals with politics. Wonder one would sleep with the partner with politics. simply your whole life is governed by politics.
  1. Date: 5/25/2013 2:56:00 PM
    - A enjoyable poem, all glory to "Uncle Sam" - Bless his soul - Nice written poem Manel ! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    gunatillake Avatar manel gunatillake
    Date: 5/25/2013 3:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you. Lisa dear