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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)

TITLE: I Simply ... Wanted
By Henry Clemmons
04/16/08


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His cap was red
and wore it tilted

It matched his crooked grin.

Boots were black
and caked with mud

Employment wasn’t sin.

He’d go to church
But drink a beer

If it was fishin’ time.

Say a prayer
And then a curse

He walked a crooked line.

The life he led
And tried to pass

Unto his only son,

Went in one eye
And out my ear

I simply wanted fun.

His grave’s now cold
The grass is long

No flowers in his pail.

His words still live
But put on hold

Until I’m out of jail.

I shed a tear
The day I heard

He couldn’t visit me.

They said he died
Right in his chair

I’m glad he didn’t see.

The life he led
And tried to pass

Unto his only son,

Went in one eye
And out my ear

I simply … wanted fun.

His hugs were warm
And smiles were real

I miss that more than time.

Eyes were blue
And full of love

How did I turn to crime?

I never starved
And wore new shoes

Was took to Sunday School.

Taught to live
The golden rule

Then turned into a fool.

The life he led
And tried to pass

Unto his only son,

Went in one eye
And out my ear.

I simply … wanted.


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Beth LaBuff 04/19/08
You have a great message and warning in this poem. I liked your rhyme and meter. I love your repitition in this, "The life he led
And tried to pass -- Unto his only son, -- Went in one eye
And out my ear." Then your ending is perfect for this. "I simply ... wanted." Nice work on this thought-provoking poem.