Treasure Island

Bill Grace

:) My Dad's Classic Faith

At 50 I finally see
What precocious 10 could sense
but not articulate
The Mass - was only the ice berg's tip at sea.

Dad was an earnest lad
Son of a Gloucester gal
Sweet fish monger of deep faith
And an alcoholic father
Who wounded Dad's deep pride.

War and a Naushon Forbes
Gave Dad his life long tasks
He understood the savagery of life
Yet left the chimes of music to a valley.

Dad would not take a drink
The Pope could not have ordered it
Nor any lesser mortal
His hope was in that Mass
Though he may well have known
But never said a word
That Father's secretary
Took care of more than paper.

Do not carelessly dismiss
This thing called faith
That spared me an alcoholic father
A harsh man who could not understand a poet son
He understood this world
I can not blame his need of hope for another.

Submitted: Monday, March 07, 2005
Edited: Saturday, October 07, 2006
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  • Sandra Fowler (9/10/2007 2:31:00 AM)

    A fine word portrait of a most extraordinary human being. Take care.

    Warm regards,

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