Just Like My Grandfather Taught Me:

Another smile
a memory
a lovers quarrel
a widows misery

a brutal war
tore between families 
I raise my hand
sharp and proud

just like my grandfather taught me
southern pride and jazz band beats
folded flags and unmarked graves
black veils hide red rimmed eyes

Another pray
a workday
a wistful newlywed
a deployed Marine

a summer's eve
spent with fireflies
moonlight and strawberry wine
luxuries bought by oversea soldiers

Until the day I can't speak
you'd better believe,
my hand will raise
my voice will pledge
ever more; sharp and proud

Just like my grandfather taught me.


  1. How wonderful that you had such a connection with your grandfather. The morals and ethics we learn from family stand us in good stead throughout our lives.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, my grandfather is everything to me. When i use to have a choose of doing something bad, like stealing from a grocery store or something I use to think of my grandfather and how he would look at me if he ever found out.

  2. nicely done, excellent imagery & word choices, evocative of that spirit of your grandfather. Thank you for sharing.

    Happy A to Z Challenge from #1335

    1. Thank for taking the time to post a comment, it means a lot that you liked my poem that much.


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