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A Message To My Father

My beloved father, the last time we met
in company with your confidant and friend Abu,
we spoke of many things.
Most importantly the history I'd lost in the
half century of not being your son.

You surrendered me for expediency
because you were a man of peace.
The circumstances of then made me who I am,
and not necessarily the son you wanted;
But that's another story.

Submitted: Sunday, April 15, 2007
Edited: Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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  • Matthias Pantaleon (10/10/2012 12:53:00 AM)

    Wonderful lines here from jerry hughes

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  • Wang Qian (9/9/2012 8:15:00 PM)

    A great poem ~ Thank you for sharing~ and that makes me think deeply about the big world with father~

  • Prince Obed de la Cruz (8/3/2010 11:32:00 PM)

    if you wrote this with the right emotion..... applause for you sir.... keep writing!

  • Prashant Shaurya (12/26/2009 10:28:00 PM)

    such realistic poem sir..
    i could really relate to it..
    but the fact that underlies is that we all really adore our father and as kids aspire to be like him..
    10++++ for sure

  • Stacey Watts (11/7/2009 7:10:00 PM)

    This was a very emotional piece. So hard when we have difficulties with our parents. I am surre that deep down that connection was there. Very well written piece.

  • Patrick A. Martin (11/6/2009 7:06:00 PM)

    Thank you for this poem Jerry. I took me many years to reconsile my realationship with my father. The first world war robbed him of his ability to be intimate and for me it was like growing up trying to grasp a shadow. That you for what you left unsaid for there lies his shadow. -Paddy

  • Sandra Martyres (10/20/2009 9:11:00 AM)

    A very poignant write Jerry, but you seem to have made your peace....many do not and the father-son unnpleasant saga never ends unfortunately...

  • Ciarán Kelly (10/19/2009 6:17:00 PM)

    A lovely poem, jerry, really typifies the difficulty of father-son relationships. A real tip of the iceberg job and like many of your poems is an emotional carousel and encapsulates many lifetimes!

  • fleur de lys (7/28/2009 5:28:00 PM)

    Awesome and moving poem Jerry, makes one wonder at the full story.

  • Ron Flowers (6/21/2009 12:53:00 AM)

    Jerry, this is a sad poem, but also a happy one to some extent. You've apparantly righted the ship. Some never do.


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