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jerry hughes

(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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Palas Kumar Ray (10/29/2008 2:26:00 PM)

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    What to say on it, I'm learning, how to say, things, how to express, the feel.
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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sylvi Sylva (1/8/2008 4:13:00 PM)

    very well written and with depth... top vote from me
    may i also invite you to read One Chil'ds Prayer (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (12/27/2007 4:22:00 PM)

    A poem with a purpose. The last poem of yours about your father that I read inspired me to write about my own dad. This one makes me feel that it is about all sons and fathers. Your kinetic poem grabs the heart and won't let go until a reconciliation is drafted in the mind of the reader. (Report) Reply

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