John Allen Richter

Gold Star - 7,086 Points (1959 / Richmond, In)

Grateful Rising - Poem by John Allen Richter

A blissful day, could have slept away -
and lost this love for nothing more -
but for you this memory to convey
for in fact I rose to the chore…

“Time is wasting, ” echoed my dreams.
Eyes not aware of the lamp-blast glow.
“Get up – get dressed, ” what seemed like screams,
Now the lamp spewed a dead-fast blow!

Standing aside and not yet fully in hue,
my eyes straining for a glimpse to see
(which nightmare must be in this queue?)
when Dad’s image emerged to me.

“It’s a quarter to four, let’s get out the door, ”
“The fish won’t wait, you see? ”
So I rubbed my eyes and hit the floor
for an all-out fishing spree!

Now I remember,
t’was in bed by nine
Fully clothed too -
just to save time.

Dad pulled and tugged
on that old deep-green outboard
until it spewed and spugged
(actually smoked and chugged)
and then across to our reward….

Astride a lily pad flock he’d seen,
one that had caught his eye,
as the sun began to peek o’er green,
I heard the plop of his popper from high.

“click click clickety click”
went his slow, methodical reel.
The top-water lure pulled up a lick
and then back to its reposing still.

Suddenly a splash and a “Snatch! ” was seen,
his pole quickly whipped to set the hook.
And soon looking at me from our canteen,
was a largemouth’s angry and cold-eyed look.

To suppose for any more wonderful day,
you see it wasn’t the fish or lily pad.
For evermore I will always say-
It was spending the day with Dad.

Topic(s) of this poem: family, father, fishing


Poet's Notes about The Poem

At 13 I went on a trip to Northern Indiana with my father and slightly older brother. We stayed in the most quaint cabin. It was on a chain of three small lakes, all with Indian (American Indian) names - can't remember them now... Brother decided to sleep in that morning.... He missed something pretty special that day...

Comments about Grateful Rising by John Allen Richter

  • Hans Vr (4/2/2015 8:55:00 PM)


    The time with Dad, a beautiful and very touching ending to this very well written poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 31, 2015



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