We buried our fathers (2012)
We buried our fathers,
Finally realizing what they taught us
through patient living
and stepping up to their responsibilities.
Mr. Smith, Mr. Heavern, my dad,
all heroes by not trying to be heroes;
working every single day,
providing all of the basic necessities
of food, clothing, shelter, and love.
They never really asked for much,
about life’s unfairness
or what they left behind;
young man dreams of
world travel, riches, fame,
world changing inventions,
that unwritten novel,
intentions of greatness,
lost in a life of unseen dreams.
They were made great by their plodding life
that left a legacy of
decent human beings
who now raise their children
and live their lives
in the same common,
yet, uncommon manner.