My Son/ A Senior Airman

Dedicated to my Son in the Air Force...!

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Life is hard at times

But here we are

Met your mom when you were six

First grader, strong boy, so to speak


Was hard to be accepted into your life

Mom was the best thing from the sky

From those 25 gifts on Christmas

down to three, since we were always in need


Almost poisoned by your own mind... and hands

Trying to mix oil with my soda can

mom caught up with you

and smacked the heck out of the blues


apparently we never got along

looking for ways to break me from your mom

inciting arguments and those lies

making sure to make me angry at any time..!


Teen years came around, all seemed alright

but trouble was around by skipping school or starting a fight

mom thought you would end up in jail

but by miracles from the maker, you started to change


Senior year was witness to a big change

sharing calculus tricks. Getting to make it fun

Then headed of to serve Uncle Sam

and left for good this land of the free man


You might, you might think why?

why we didn't get along until way passed 9th grade

Mom gave up form that math from hell!

enough of equations and algebra that casted its spell


You left for the world in a good mood

And you know we think about you

Glad myself to have grown around you

Seeing you move and start anew


Pictures from that War; Iraq, Islamabad and Kabul

Scenes of death closing in and about to send you home

almost killed by snipers with a mission

Now you wish sometimes to come home in admonition



We know you are like our own blood

sharing thoughts and smiling as you go

Van Dam-me became a twin

wider shoulders and muscles from within



You have come as expected

Strong. stern and well respected

losing so many girls that hated a guy so much polite

What the heck! I said son of mine


Now a Senior Airman at 26

Full of life and ready for the quick fix

training camp teaching to face real action

No hesitation, no remorse, not even attached to any faction


You won't be home by Christmas indeed

but made it when little brother was sick

moved heaven and earth, even that Red Cross to make it back home

making sure little bro' was better and not alone



Have served your Country and became a real man

Not even ready to date and break another heart

Some ladies need to change their minds

Enough of rough caveman inside a ladies man

accept a a man and be really surprised


Saw that pic on You Tube, walking that desert of nowhere man

Noticed that blue sky, true and bright with that sunshine

holding that flag right against your heart

knowing that you were once the kid that was holding my hand..!



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princesswithapen 5 years ago

A father's words for his very own son. Very touching! In a few lines you have charted the life of your son from when he was a toddler to where he is right now. You miss him, and rightly so. Here's to wishing you and your son, happy holidays, wherever he is right now.

Beautiful hub!

Princesswithapen


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

Lord you inspire every father who ever missed their children to be thankful and proud of them. In this case your son. I know what you felt, I have struggled with relationships with my 4 children, sadly only one do I see and speak to, the other 3 have been torn away from me by a mean, vindictive mother, who was and still is bent on destroying this Poet for divorcing her 13 yrs ago.

Yet my one shining star and hope is my 17 yr old son who has stuck with me through this hell. We both helped each other in our struggles, him with problems in High School, drugs, fighting and skipping. Me struggling trying to keep him safe and clean of drugs through rehab.

This dad is proud of him, he is finishing up his last year at HS, taking a carpentry trade, getting paid for his work and graduating in June 2012 proud and clean and a major change of attitude about drugs and booze.

So my friend I am proud of you and your relationship with your son, may he continue to stay safe and I pray for that any your continued loving relationship. Peace, blessings and a huge Merry Christmas to you and yours my poetic friend. This was a lovely tribute to Dad and son, made me feel great inside.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Hello princesswithapen,

YES..a true storie indeed, not a single word is fake. all just came and was laid down with our cyber-pen. Life is like that...we are here and will be up there, whenever we get our call. Son is fine, driving brand new car..near Frankfurt.

LORD

Thanks dear!


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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Touching.. I am sure you have many sleepless nights. I don't sleep much when my brother is in Iraq. Bless him and your whole family and thank you for the sacrifices you all make to make this world a better place.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Dear Vincent...now you know, why we are the way we are right? One tip for you..whatever you do..your kid will be reminded of you! no matter how old ..or wherever we might go. You will be in his heart. We are role models and if the rest of your kids don't react...sorry boys, God will be there, with a lending hand? Thanks for your personal story Saddle! pass the wine and lets go fishing down Ontario Lake!

LORD


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Dear tammy,

Yeah, you are right! He almost got killed 8 months ago in Iraq; his buddie that was supposed to watch for snipers from their convoy felt asleep....and the bullet, just missed him by inches...think of a home run, but not heading to touch down...but sending you home with your own flag... Thanks Tammy! You have 4 lovely kids too! happy holidays!

LORD


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Now that was beautiful. Too bad he won't be home for Christmas but I'll put your son in my prayers on Christmas Eve. Congrats on having such a wonderful and brave son!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Oh my lord, you made me cry on this one! Your son was so blessed to have you as his father..he knows that too..you did good lord..he is a man serving his country..what an awesome young man he is. I could feel your love for him and the pride you feel inside..You are right he came home for the most important things..God bless him..I will keep him in my prayers and thoughts. God bless your soldier..May he be safe and return home soon..This was such a beautiful hub..I am sorry for everytime I have made you cry..you got me today..you really got me....

Love,

Sunnie


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

A wonderful tribute to your stepson who now treats you like Dad instead of Step-Dad.


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PurvisBobbi44 5 years ago from Florida

Lord,

I voted up and beautiful. You must be a wonderful father, I loved the poem, and the video. What a lucky son to you as a Dad. I wish you and your family the very best of a Holiday at Christmas Time.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi


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romari 5 years ago from Heaven

thanks for your hub! it is an inspiration to all fathers out there and their sons on field of war..


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Very nice and beautiful, Lord. When I see a father's love expressed openly I realize the special bond that can exist between father and child. Well done!


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Hello Gypsy ROSE LEE,

Thanks for your warm words!! So touched as a father, and eh is a good boy, who always wants to be of service to his own friends. Glad to see you around my dear friend!

LORD


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

My dearest friend Sunnie Day,

We are keeping my son's fellow soldier who fell asleep on duty under top secret...That would've meant Martial court and a dishonorable discharge..but we didn't want that to happen. Well, Sunnie what can I tell you. The poem says it all. There were rough times when we were raising him. Mother did her best too, and he became a man of good, for us, for society and for himself. Not that we cried out of pain...we did cry out of joy...actually we finished this poem in tears,the words kept coming and..were laid down such brick of monumental emotions, that put aside hate and negative feelings. Thanks for your Prayers, and so far he is doing great. Have a blessed Christmas too Sunnie D.

LORD


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Flora Breen Robison,

Yeah! you are right on that one. Took time to realize that natural fact. Years passed by so quick! Thanks for your kind words..and hopefully Amy would take more of your vocal chords training DEEP to her heart at home!

LORD


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Hello Bobbi dear,

We did the best we could, and we feel proud of him. The problem is...in 4 yrs he broke up with three young women, that were not up to his own goals. Some wanted him to be wilder..and some wanted him to quit! Above all he kept his own beliefs and, has told us that he won't date anytime soon...not to put ladies down..he wants to finish his career in Electrical Engineering and work on his field. Thanks Bobbi dear! and Happy Holidays to you and your family and your erderly Auntie!

LORD


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

hello Romari,

You got a nice point. So many parents can relate to our piece of inspiration...and glad we can help a little...Nice to meet you ROMARI.

LORD


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Phyllis Doyle,

The bond is there and is not going anywhere. He calls and tells us that he is in Belgium..or a classified location...or just landing on weekend off on London. Being a young man full of life and facing the world..is like being on a 'Top Gun' kind of scene..Jumping down from the Sky..and ready to ride his Bike...You can tell, we enjoy all that too..and we keep ourselves young! Thank you and I will keep your mom on my prayers!!

Happy Holidays and have a nice day/night

LORD


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Thank you, Lord, for the prayers for my Mama. You are such a dear person with compassion.

I will keep your son in my prayers to keep him safe and bring him back home to you.

I wish you and yours very Happy Holidays. Blessings and hugs.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

PHILLYS:

Mama is resting in peace

everytime your heart beats

you know you can smile

She knows how kind you are

Dear mama will watch over you guys

asking to show happiness in her name

helping others like she would've done it

knowing that Doyles are compasionate with no refrain

May you Phyllis, continue your beautiful deed. AMEN


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Beautiful. This means so very much to me and you have just touched my heart with love. Thank you.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

To be Honest my friend Phyllis..the words were penned down with no effort, and you know it was meant for you! Have a blessed holiday my good friend!

LORD


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molometer 5 years ago

What an amazing poem, you took us on a journey from childhood to manhood and hit the spot at every phrase.

As a father I was walking with you both all the way through.

I commend your tribute to the fine man you have helped to raise.

He deserves the chance to meet a good woman who will give him the respect he has truly earned.

Voted up up up all buttons Video was really cool too.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Thanks MOLOMETER!

You are a dad too, by the way you read us thoroughly!Heard your young guys from UK were stationed at Basrha ..I think. Courtesy of Tony Blair. Thanks again Mike!

LORD


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molometer 5 years ago

Your welcome Lord he is a great man your son and it is a fitting tribute. My Nephew is in the Royal Marines and is stationed in Libya at the moment. He done Basra last time out country.


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

oh, what a touching hub...why do i take every word nowadays personally?for no reason i want to cry...this hits my sensitivity lord...sigh...reminds me of Christmas song in which there are people who can't spend Christmas with their loved ones...


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Raciniwa,

When we write with true feelings..thing come out this way. Nothing staged or made up..Crude at times, smiles here and there...but also real life for the one... who really cares. Thanks for your words, and you made us feel this piece again!

lord


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

yes, a writer at that...once the emotion is there, it continues to flow up to the last drop...the period...


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Thanks my friend,

We do our best..and as yourself as a teacher, We write and we love what we do. Have a good one!

LORD


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Oh this is truly beautiful.

Your pride so evident and so well deserved.

Take care and I wish you a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Hello Eddy,

Thanks for your comments and Glad to hear from you. This kid is out there and represent so many young Americans and their struggle in foreign land. Unfortunately some were not that lucky and didn't make it. Soomer or later they will have to come home for good. Appreciated for your visit Eiddwen.

LORD


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htodd 5 years ago from United States

This is really great ..


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Lord De Cross 5 years ago Author

Thanks Htodd!

You have a Nice weekend, and may you and your family have a Happy holiday

LORD


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

blessings on your son and your family!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

PDXKaraokeguy,

So touched by your words! Glad to have wonderful friends in here. Same wishes to you Vincent!

LORD


tammyswallow 4 years ago

You have a BIG heart for protecting the person who almost got your son killed .. WOW. Accidents happen I suppose. Your son certainly has a dedicated guardian angel.. and thank God for that.


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Tammy thanks!

Even from your cell!! You are reading us too? Yeah! that kids didn't deserve to be called and answer to the Airforce on this one. All of them sacrifice their lives day by day. I cannot imagine things that never make it to the Media. It can be horrible!

LORD

Merry Christmas Tammy!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

You're welcome, LORD!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago Author

Happy New Year PDX Vincent!

Hope your wishes come to past. Cheers to your health!

LORD

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