A Hero's Breakfast

Breakfast with Grampy
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His cracked old hands

Hand my son a plate of eggs

It’s hard to believe this hero

Is still sitting here today


His twinkling, wrinkled eyes

Tell stories that the books do not

His half paralyzed face

Speak of the battles he fought.


His memory is not so sharp anymore

But those glory days crystal clear

Storming the beaches of Normandy

The gunfire I can almost hear


He munches on toast at the table

Next to his great grandson

Another lucky generation

To hear the tales of this Great One.


He claims Patton wanted him dead,

He always says with a smile and laugh

For to the front line he was always sent

But somehow he kept making it back.


I sit, amused as he giggles

At how scared he was this time and that

Freezing his limbs in the Battle of the Bulge,

I’m glad our country is finally paying him back.


His limbs still ache from those days

But his eyes are so full of light

This is a man of honor,

A brave soul who fought for what was right


Honorably discharged for his injuries,

Sent home, and he married,

But instead of staying, he re-enlisted,

He didn’t allow himself to be wary.


He speaks of being afraid,

But I see a true hero, valor he displays,

There is no fear in this man

Even while lovingly cutting up eggs.


His badges and pins showcase a war hero

But his best job is being Grampy

Sitting, eating his hero’s breakfast,

And all those who join him are lucky!

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

A beautiful tribute to a fine man, Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing a part of him with us. I am moved!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much Bill!


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

It would be an honor to meet him if ever I get the chance.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

I hope you do. He is am amazing man


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Lisa Luv 3 years ago from Conneticut, USA

Wonderful..... I am impressed the way you captured his very being and impact to all our lives. A true hero. Voted up and shared!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Oh, thank you so much Lisa Luv, for your kind words and for sharing!


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

What a beautiful tribute to this man who fought and survived a war like WW II was. He was and is, as you say, a hero and deserving of this praise.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

xstatic, thank you so much for reading. I was unusually drawn to reading about WWII growing up, and then when I was fortunate to meet this man (he is my boyfriend's grandfather), I could not and still cannot believe that he was really there in all those major battles. It is amazing that he survived and is almost ninety years old today.


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Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Elizabeth,

What a wonderful tribute to your boyfriend's grandfather! Please relay my thanks to him for his service to our country.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much for reading Daisy, and I certainly will pass on the message.


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embarrett91 3 years ago

Very beautiful, Liz. It made me want to ask Parris' grandfather about his tales of being in the war. He too still aches from those days, his knees don't work so well anymore. Have you showed this to him or do you plan to? I bet he would really admire this.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you Erika. I will probably print it out and show him. John has many problems from the war. An explosion paralyzed half his face, that's why it can be difficult to understand him sometimes when he speaks. But his spirit is still intact!


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embarrett91 3 years ago

He is always very sweet when I see him and sits there looking out at everyone, seeming to keep an eye on them. True hero.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Oh yeah he and Nana just want to help everyone. they are two of the most giving people I have ever met


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shanmarie 3 years ago from Texas

That's amazing. Thanks so much for sharing your perspective of a hero that way. Sometimes being a hero means being afraid of losing one's own life or self and doing it anyway. Too many times family stories that are so much a part of history get lost in time. Good for you for writing about them!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much shanmarie. And what you say is true about being a hero. He starts many stories with "I was so scared when..." but I don't think any less of him for it. It might take greater courage to face something if you are afraid then unafraid... Again, thank you so much for reading..


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

I love this poem/story, biz. Our heros deserve to be paid tribute. You did a wonderful job of that!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Aw, thank you so much bravewarrior! They truly deserve much tribute!!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful hub.

Voted up.

Eddy.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you so much Eiddwen


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Wonderful poem about true heroes. Sure wish I had gotten to know my grandpa. Passing this on.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Gypsy, I know how you feel. Both of my biological grandfathers battled addictions that made them not big parts of our family. I barely knew my father's father and never bonded with my mother's father. This man is my boyfriend's grandfather and now my son's great grandfather. Because of what I lacked, I am sooo happy this is the grandfatherly role model we have.... Thank you for reading, Gypsy


Jon Dumbrocyo 3 years ago

This is the best poem I have read. He is my Hero... and The one I look up to the most. He is still the Hero today that he was back in the day.


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

A wonderful poem and tribute to this man. Unfortunately, I have never met my both grandfathers as they had died before I could meet them.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Thank you, baby. I know he is your hero and he has become mine as well = ) Thank you for introducing me and connecting me to such a wonderful man!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

I am so sorry to hear that, janetwrites. I didn't know either of my grandfathers that well, and one is now gone and the other, who knows? But this man is now my son's great grandfather and I am so glad! Thank you so much for reading!


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ytsenoh 3 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Elizabeth, very endearing piece. You tell a story, embrace the hero in your family's lives, and in between every line, your love for this man filters through. So very warm and endearing.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

ytsenoh-thank you so much for reading and I am glad you enjoyed it... He is truly a hero and loved by many!


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Rod Rainey 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

Extraordinary homage! You have made your hero my hero. Not afraid to admit he was afraid. I might question the integrity and humanity of anyone who was “fearless” on the frontlines. Have you ever considered requesting a recorded interview with him for posterity?

Loved it, Thank You for sharing.


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine Author

Rod-your words mean so much, I am always happy when even just one more person is touched by his bravery. I have thought very much about recording him, it is something I plan to do soon. I want to feature him in a Hub, with a video of an interview he did for the local library recently. Even in the video, he is laughing while describing how scared he was = ) His humor never fades.

Thank you for sharing and for reading! Hope you have a great weekend!


Jonathan Dumbrocyo 14 months ago

Love this poem. I am So proud of him and So Very happy that Dom and Talia have been Lucky enough to know him.


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bizarrett81 11 months ago from Maine Author

Me too. I didn't see this comment until just now.

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