End Days of my Father..........
How do we write of these things , as today's men , how do we put aside the father -son relationship issues and our sometimes extremely emotionally stunted growth ? Going back in time to a day when " boys will be boys" , when each and every young boy growing into "manhood " was so inclined to be strong , emotionless , made out of iron , if you will...........who knows . Today though, our culture has been evolving into a much more "touchy feely " society . That's all good now , don't get me wrong , but for us older guys ......it sure is and was different .
By the by .......This is inspired by my friend Vincent Moore, please check out his words.........they are magic !
This ones for Dad ......
He sat listing slightly to one side
as his pipe smoke swirled overhead
I could tell he was tired .... it being that
time of the day
We were just talking a little bit about the past
about "Mother "
she had died three years before
When he suddenly teared up
I remember watching him
What's with this ?
"You know ...I've always been proud of
you boys . " and on he went for a moment
"We always tried to do our best "
in a breaking voice he stopped .......
one small gutteral sound escaped
his lips between that one
And almost as quickly
it was gone
And I thought
That's okay Dad .........That's okay
Now you have to understand
or maybe I do
This man was an emotional
One made of the hardest stone for
the most part
And yet he was more apt to be
a bit emotional towards the end
More apt to say what was in
There were times when
a little bit of that stone
still shows though
Of course not in him
he's long gone now
But once in a while
I still pick a bit of stone from
my own lips
Just what is that ?
I love you dad!