Lynn W. Petty

Gold Star - 5,016 Points (3/29/28 / Newport Beach, California)

To The Patriarch Of Our Family, James J. Reina, My Father-In-Law - Poem by Lynn W. Petty

There lived a man of gentle heart and soul,
Who lead a life of modest wants and cares.
There seemed to be a commonality
With all of human kind but, deep beneath
That unity there lay a virtue that
Would constitute his character; a man
Of principle, a gentleman, a man
With tender core that set him far apart
From those of generality. Candid,
And unsuspicious, he possessed a clean
And unpretentious frankness of a pure
And humble nature; wisdom deeper than
It seemed; so simple, practical and clear,
As to its relevance which, bore the fruits
Of his integrity. Reliable
As husband, father, and provider,
Who gave to us, and life, his very best.
Well may posterity be grateful for
His memory; as he left a legacy,
An inheritance, of goodness, insight
And judgment, for all of us to emulate.

Topic(s) of this poem: family

Form: Free Verse


Poet's Notes about The Poem

To My Father-in-Law, One of the greatest of men who ever lived.

Comments about To The Patriarch Of Our Family, James J. Reina, My Father-In-Law by Lynn W. Petty

  • Bri Edwards (9/11/2016 12:05:00 AM)


    i hate it when there are people like James, who others think i/we should emulate!

    i guess you probably did a bit of emulating, and probably some 'should' emulate you!

    one of my four fathers-in-law was a nice guy and ok provider as far as i was concerned, but i didn't
    know him well and he was probably a no good lousy bum at heart. my other three fathers-in-law
    all died before they got me as a son-in-law. lucky them.

    bri :)
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 20, 2016



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