A Boy's Own Hero

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My father was a working man of few words but of great character. He told me stories of heroes and heroism that will remain with me as long as I have a memory. Hopefully, this poem will make him a hero to others and give him a form of immortality.


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Dad is long gone now - nearly twenty years.
I still see his face with the deep lines etched
at the corners of his mouth from the beers
he’d consumed with smacking lips - beer I’d fetched
home in a jug from the pub. Dad appears
the way he was before the day he retched,
puked, and lay back in his reclining chair
the cushion crushing flat his steel-grey hair.

Dad never got up from that chair again.
His body shriveled like an old apple
left lying on the ground in sun and rain.
He died within a week. At the chapel,
unknown mourners said, “He’s been spared the pain,
Thank God.” But we remained, left to grapple
with grief at the dimming of those bright eyes
hearts heavy as we said our last goodbyes.

But life does go on, pain passes. I see 
Dad in my mind’s eye still - giving pleasure -
sipping from his pint pot of sugared tea
telling tales of finding buried treasure
on ghostly wrecks in the Sargasso Sea,
battling giant squids for good measure.
A boy’s own hero fearless, strong and proud
by all life’s terrors and, in death, unbowed.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 4/25/2018 2:31:00 PM
Congratulations on your win. A wonderful tribute. Hang on to those memories.
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Date: 4/25/2018 9:40:00 AM
A most endearing poem with great rhymes. I particularly love the last stanza. Congrats on your well deserved bronze metal, Alexander.
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Date: 4/25/2018 12:02:00 AM
Lovely memory and congrats on your win in the contest ! Warmest regards Brenda
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Alexander Blackie
Date: 4/25/2018 4:31:00 AM
Thank you very much, Brenda. Alex
Date: 12/3/2017 7:00:00 PM
I love your poem it was beautiful and I felt every word from it. I am sorry about your lost..
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Date: 6/30/2017 9:23:00 AM
The greatest thing a father can do, other than love his children, is to tell them stories to fire their imagination. Your poem is a grand tribute to your father. Although there is deep sadness your love and admiration shines through the pain. Thanks for sharing a little of your with us. You have memories to cherish.
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Alexander Blackie
Date: 9/8/2017 6:00:00 AM
Dear Jonathan, sorry about the long delay in acknowledging your comment - caused by life interfering with poetry! I guess we are very lucky to have good memories of our fathers - many children don't. I, also, lost my Mum at a very early age and am still trying to write about it . Very Best Regards Aloex
Date: 6/28/2017 2:11:00 PM
Alexander, a great poem honoring your hero. My dad had a rare combination of strength and humility and I miss him too. Regards, g
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Alexander Blackie
Date: 9/8/2017 5:56:00 AM
George, sorry about the long delay in acknowledging your comment - caused by life interfering with poetry! Thank you very much for your kind words which are much appreciated. Very Best Regards Alex
Date: 6/28/2017 10:50:00 AM
It is a fine tribute, Alexander:) I miss mine, too.
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Alexander Blackie
Date: 6/28/2017 10:53:00 AM
Thanks, Daniel, I guess we were both lucky in the lottery of life?