Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Grandpa.


Born in 1921
Manitoba
Kept the vegetables in a root cellar
That farm never left you
But you left it
Went looking for another way
Than hay, fields and prairie
The coast is where you found it
After the war
Alliford Bay
Navigator in the RCAF
Standing for peace
Always a story to tell
Four children
Lost one
On a bridge in the night
How unfair
Never recovered completely
From that
But you tried
Always knew everyone in town
Stopped to talk in the mall
Service above self
was their motto
It was yours, too
Fruit trees and old tools
Nails and screws in canning jars
Paint and carpet and flowers
Helping others
Listening
Quiet, stoic, considerate
Whistling while driving
Sunglasses, aviators
Peaches, pancakes, fried eggs
Puzzles, tobacco tins, Reader's Digest
Rye and seven
Undershirts
Husband
Father
Grandpa
Friend
Neighbour

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