Dreams of an Ordinary Man

The Years

When all is said and all is done

At the end of the day, new chapter to come

To dream of the past, reliving the truth

Did you do what you wanted in your youth?


When all is said and all is done

Another ten years, new chapter to come

No-Hit, No-Run, softball game

Is this your dream, one of fame?


When all is said and all is done

A decade gone, new chapter to come

Handsome, your prime, brave, enlisted man

Do your dreams hold fear or future plan?


When all is said and all is done

More years ahead, another chapter to come

Civilian life with a beautiful wife

Do your dreams foresee bringing me life?


When all is said and all is done

Years fly by, more chapters to come

Work and family consume your days

Does love fill your dreams or only malaise?


When all is said and all is done

Retirement now, few chapters to come

Yard work, shopping, appointments to keep

Do you dream now or only anticipate sleep?


When all is said and all is done

The day arrives, no chapter to come

Fit, but humble, dad, you spend your last day

Did your dreams hold regret, a wish for more play?


When all is said and all is done

I hope for dreams, more chapters to come

To honor the legacy of the book you wrote

Do my dreams reach you, dad, do they cross the moat?


When all is said and all is done

My prime is spent, few chapters to come

You visit me often through ordinary men

No need for dreams now, I use a pen


It's too late when we die


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BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

Very nice, about the years flying by and so sad but true, in some parts of the poem. Voted it up.

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epigramman 6 years ago

... well after all is said and done - you are a writer of imagination and depth and yes, a storyteller too who always manages to put us on a higher level because of this enriched soulful reading experience ......

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, BobbiRant. I missed you during my computer fiasco. It is so good to hear from you again. Thanks for reading and commenting. As always, greatly appreciated!

Epi, my friend, thank you most sincerely for your epic comments. You keep me going and striving to improve with the goal to create the best I can.

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vietnamvet68 6 years ago from New York State

Oh yes those years do fly by real fast, seems we are always writing a new chapter. Excellant Hub Amy. Good to see you back up and running.

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, vietnamvet68 for reading and commenting. Yep, I missed the hub and I'm glad to be back.

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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

I was a little moved reading this - then I got to the line "Do my dreams reach you, dad, do they cross the moat?" the impact jumped way up. I lost my Dad when I was 11... so this line blew me away. Well done! Thanks

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you, Neil. That must have been a very difficult time in your life. Losing a parent is very hard even as an adult. Sometimes life just bites. I am sorry to hear that you lost your dad so young. However, Neil, I know that my dad visits and watches over me. I have concrete proof in ways that only he and I would recognize. I have an advantage in having more time with my dad and knowing him as an adult. Do you feel your dad with you sometimes? I hope so.

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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

I felt him often from age 11 when he passed up until about 12 years ago (I'm now 54 LOL) - he came to me dressed and in a mental image unlike his personality... he was calmer and much more peace filled. He gave me a message at that time explaining he would not be bale to come again as he took on a new assignment. I knew he meant he was going to be reincarnated again.... but that topic is a book and not just a comment or a hub. (that vision confirmed again for the thousandth time that my belief in reincarnation is valid.... not sure where you stand on that topic - I've validated it for myself so many times and in so many ways it would be mind boggling to most people.... but just another awakened life event for me)

Thanks or all your comments.... they are appreciated and felt!

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I've not explored reincarnation as I was closed to the concept when young. I am more independent in my thinking now so I am going to read and explore it. I tend to want to believe that we do not have to repeat life on earth, maybe as an abused pup or such. Educated in Catholic schools, it was never spoken of. I would rather think of my dad as having earned a peaceful place in Heaven. I have had many visits from him. The night he died, I stayed with my mom at their home. About an hour after getting to the house and surprisingly, falling asleep I was awakened by a digital sounding tune. I asked my mom about it in the morning. She said dad bought her a Casio watch. A jeweler had broken it trying to replace the battery, but she kept it on top of the 'frig because she loved the gift. Earlier in the day, she had come home from the hospital to find dad's insurance card and the watch played a tune. That was what I'd heard early in the morning after his death.

My dad had a tremendous work ethic. He never missed and would stay over in snowstorms so his replacement didn't have to come in. He was a fireman and oiler at Anheuser-Busch his entire working life. My work ethic was like his. Right after his death, I saw a "cobweb" stretching from the dash to the passenger seat of my car. The oncoming lights in the early morning caught and illuminated it. I tried to brush it away, but I could not. It looked almost like a silken cable. I had the distinct feeling that dad was riding to work with me. Each and every morning for about 3 weeks, he was with me going to work. Now, only once in awhile, I see that cord and know he's along for the ride.

There are many more visits. Thank you for sharing your story with me.

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Neil Sperling 6 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

Thanks for sharing that. I wish I would have had a chance to know my dad as an Adult... my memories are few and through the eyes of a youngster.

To understand reincarnation one can get a glimpse of it through reading, study and conversation - however conviction can only happen if you have a glimpse of a past life in someone else or better yet in yourself. Memories of past lives are not that much different than recalling a moment in this life, only there is a mystery to the time and place. That mystery comes clearer through practicing meditation.

Being raised as a Christian myself, but also coming into contact with the idea of reincarnation through my aunt and uncle early in life - I was open to both. One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how often Christian scripture encourages meditation and yet how few Christians ever practiced it.

Hidden Bible references to reincarnation... I'll share two.

1- The story of Jacobs ladder, could easily be he saw visions of past lives coming and going....

2- The saviour said "In my fathers house there are many mansions" ...... our bodies are the mansions to the soul. His soul has had many mansions.

There are other hidden messages still in tact in todays scripture. Only you have to read between the lines. I just wish the the Bible would have been written as it happened.... Scholars say the first evidence the Bible being written on paper to read, was many years after the saviors crucifixion. you and I both know how stories change in time.

Hope you don't mind me sharing these thoughts here in your comments.

Big Hug!

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

No, Neil, I love your comments. There is no bullshit. The Catholic education I had, ironically, did not include studying the Bible. We memorized cathechism questions and answers...much like a robot. There was no free thinking, which made control an easy victory. The abject control that the nuns and priests insisted on made their words and actions "the word of God", not only with the children they taught, but their parents. The unspeakable atrocities they committed with the children that the "faithful" parents put in their hands is a hypocrisy that has driven me from the back of the church out the door. I remember the fear I had in grade school. I saw things and was told things to make sure I did everything the way they deemed right. I can only imagine the fear in those that actually had to endure abuse at the hands of authority. A child in those circumstances did not even have their brainwashed parents to protect them. It is one of the most hideous of crimes, because in the end their was no one for the innocents to turn to for protection.

One issue I had to figure my own solution for was the insistence that a 2nd grader go to confession at least once a week. I told the 72 year old nun in charge of 48 second graders that I didn't need to go to confession. Confession was brutal for me and I broke out in a cold sweat trying to get through it. The nun admonished me with "the saints went everyday". I had no aspirations for sainthood, but I could see I wasn't going to win that argument. So, I went into the coffin box to confess, made up a sin, confessed and added that I'd lied once and left, relieved with my 3 Our Fathers and 3 Hail Mary's for penance. I learned that you cannot reason with a hypocrite, you just have to find a way to outsmart them. Thanks for sharing such important memories and events in your life, Neil. I am honored.

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A.A. Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

A fitting tribute to your father. And it appears that your dreams have crossed the moat. Awesome...

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Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You are awesome...the one and only who made such an astute and brilliant conclusion. You are definitely an original...and much appreciated.

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Beautiful hub Amy. I may turn Mike and the Mechanics off before I cry though. God bless you girl! Oops- too late. I wish I could have told him in those living years...

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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I love that song, too. It always makes me cry. That and Counting Crows "Round Here". Bless you, bro, Micky. Thank you for the intro to nomoretrucks. I read several and left some comments. I loved both pieces I read, one about an old, beauty of a Red London Bus and the other about accents in language. Both pieces really got me thinking. I like the Scotsman. Thanks for parkin' the bike for a minute, Micky.

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Very intriging.

The more I read this the more I can relate to it.

It sticks to me.

I like it.

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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

CMerritt, thank you for a truly precious commentary. It is almost as sweet as the sincerity of the love you and your wife share. I am thinking of the both of you with the sincerest wishes for a speedy, uneventful recovery with nary a bump in the road.

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