Oh, what a novel your life would be
Filled with drama, intrigue and romance
An instant best-seller you couldn’t put down
About dreams, daring and chance
Our swashbuckling hero is born in Hell’s Kitchen
Where only the strong can stand the heat
Tough and daring, devil may-caring
His education was life on the street
He scrapped and fought, sold on streets what he’d bought
Living hard, playing hard with his money
‘Til a war came upon us, this Latin Adonis
Joined the army to be all he could be
The lessons learned here; cold, raw, full of fear
Shaped the spirited boy into a man
In an Infantry Irish with only one wish
To make it home and create a plan
The man of the hour, filled with rage, but no power
Was in search of who he was in his life
Who’d think that by chance, after asking her to dance
That beautiful blonde would become his wife
So, now full of dreams (the hero with schemes)
The couple set forth together
She provides inspiration, he- sheer determination
There’s no port in the storm they can’t weather
With street education and blind dedication
His goal not to follow, but lead
Oh, wonderful joy; three girls and a boy
Now, his ego and six mouths to feed!
From your soul way down deep, when you can’t sleep
Comes a voice of both terror and power
Telling you to pursue it, you know you can do it
This is your shining hour
He had no choice, he succumbed to that voice
And our leading man went from rags to riches
But, it’s that lost Latin boy that’s brought others such joy
Helping others to achieve their wishes
Linda, that was an absolutely beautiful tribute to your Father. I remember you had a “photo” tribute to your Father in your condo in Chicago. As he watches over you, he must be bursting with pride and smiling. Thanks for sharing. Lee
Thanks, Lee- It just poured out of me!
Bravo! And boy did they raise a good daughter…
Thanks, John- You are so sweet. Glad you enjoyed it!
Brilliant Linda. What a beautiful, creative tribute!! Kay
Thanks for your lovely comments, Kay. It helps to keep me writing!
What did your dad look like?
He was 5’6″; small in stature, but big on personality. He was good looking with a medium complexion and dressed beautifully. I’d send you a photo, but all my albums are in storage right now.
What a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to your dad, Linda! Loved it.
Thank you for sharing. ❤️
Thank you, Norma- Writing it brought me so much joy and I was happy to share it with you.