Grandfather Poem

Poem For A Grandfather Who Is A Hero

This poem was inspired by a true gentleman hero, whom I was very privileged to know as my father-in-law. He passed away at the age of ninety-two in March 2012. Despite having seen the atrocities of war, he had a fondness for the good in all people and would never condemn people for their actions. He worked hard for most of his life, was active and always had a smile. Many people will feel the loss of this kind gentleman.

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A True Hero


Published by Family Friend Poems September 2014 with permission of the Author.

What makes a man a hero?
I've often thought this through.
It's someone who is macho?
It's someone who is true?

No, that is not a hero.
He's just a simple man.
Always there when things go wrong
and who does the best he can.

He lends a strong shoulder
To ease the flow of tears
He holds high the lantern
To drive away your fears.

His smile was just enough
To give encouragement.
His frown more than adequate
To make one soon relent.

When some had need of guidance
His ears he'd freely lend
Advice came in abundance
You chose, not him could you offend.

He had no need of medals
Or glory this is true.
That's why, dear Grandpa
Our hero has to be you.


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