Thursday, March 26, 2015


The young boy teased the kitten,
With a ribbon on a string…
Taunted himself by kids in the park,
He swung the highest in the swing.

He earned in high school, an Eagle Badge
And a place on the Honor Roll…
The frat house king in college,
He was the “Adonis with a soul”.

World War ll beckoned Bill,
A Navy pilot, he flew jet planes…
Creating a wonderful family
In the post-war world’s remains.

His children played with kittens
With ribbons on a string…
Growing through the decades,
Excelling at everything.

The pendulum counting his fortunes,
Began to reverse his fate…
The children moved and his wife died,
Bill lost awareness of the date.

Startled from his perpetual nap,
He yelled, “Are the planes overhead”?
I whispered, “The war is over”. 
“Thank God”, was all he said.

Now fading in the retirement home,
His grip loosens on the wheel chair…
They discuss moving him across the street,
To be almost, no longer there.

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