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The Welder

Contributed by softerware on Thursday, 22nd December 2016 @ 08:00:14 PM in AEST
Topic: FathersDayPoems

Iím only one person, Iím only one man
I do what I can with these two awkward hands
I donít live in wealth; I drive an old car;
Iíll not pen a novel; Iíll not pass the bar;
I love those around me; as hard as I can;
Iím only one person; But I have a plan.

With no time for college I trust in my tools;
Iím proud of my children for going to school.
Just want my kids to be smarter than me;
Book learned, respected, and forever free.

I fear growing old; Please donít let me die;
Before they have found their wings to the sky.
That hope keeps me up and at it each day;
Saving as much as I can of my pay.

I can put things together and take them apart;
But I have no tool for a broken young heart;
No wrench to turn off a flood of sad tears;
No way to separate falsehoods from fears.

No measure have I of pledges unkept;
Iíve promised my soul if theyíre safe as they slept.
I never will know of their hearts inner sorrows;
Cannot protect all their endless tomorrows.

Schoolbooks are stacked beside old steel-toed boots;
A battered tin lunchbox; will dress them in suits.
In second hand clothes; a 10th grade pedigree
Please Dear Lord help them be better than me.

Idolized once in their sweet naÔve youth;
They manage to love me though they learned the truth;
I love them Dear Lord as hard as I can;
Iím only one person; But I have a plan.
And I know life will take them much further than I;
All I ask is to live until they can fly.

Copyright © softerware ... [ 2016-12-22 20:00:14]
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Re: The Welder (User Rating: 1 )
by Former_Member on Saturday, 24th December 2016 @ 02:48:50 AM AEST
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// All I ask is to live until they can fly. // Love this poem but that very last line punched me. We don/'/t always get that wish. I hope the welder does.

Re: The Welder (User Rating: 1 )
by duff on Wednesday, 28th December 2016 @ 04:58:53 PM AEST
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A beautiful piece of writing with your touch. A soft and delicate hand. Cohesive throughout and your lines draw the reader. Another great poem you have here. Awesome job


Re: The Welder (User Rating: 1 )
by Invierno on Friday, 30th December 2016 @ 07:22:47 PM AEST
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Beautiful, like the man you write.

Thank you for such a gift on a Friday night.


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