jerry hughes

Rookie - 971 Points (January 4,1931 / a citizen of the world)

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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  • Freshman - 1,118 Points Noreen Carden (11/28/2014 6:52:00 PM)

    Jerry I enjoyed reading this poem. It is well written and if true has given a glimpse into your personal story. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,902 Points Hans Vr (10/24/2014 12:51:00 AM)

    A huge number of feelings flow out of these few lines into the heart of the reader. This is poetry at its best. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 119 Points 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~ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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.

    Ron (Report) Reply

  • Rookie T McH (6/15/2009 9:06:00 AM)

    J, I am returning to this, as you touch so much in this as in so many pieces. t x (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Matt Johnston (11/17/2008 10:59:00 PM)

    Of course I speak in ignorance but it is quite possible your father would be very proud of the introspective man you have become… and perhaps your outstanding poetry as well. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 200 Points Palas Kumar Ray (10/29/2008 2:26:00 PM)

    What to say on it, I'm learning, how to say, things, how to express, the feel.
    __________________________________________________________________ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 971 Points Jerry Hughes (10/18/2008 8:48:00 PM)

    Thank you all for comments, they brought a lump to the throat and a tear to the eye. He was a grand old man my dad. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Emancipation Planz (5/22/2008 2:44:00 AM)

    This message(s) convey so much, are never too late.. and that you can then further outpour and share with a wider audience and consequentially touch so many is testamonial to human-ness and vulnerability wrapped in so many other emotions.... thanks for being a leading light here... aroha Deana xx (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Katharine O'Neal (1/13/2008 10:36:00 PM)

    nice and sucinct (sp?) , i like how you imply their past but don't outright tell us a history.
    loverly ^^ (Report) Reply

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