Father's Tears

A half-century of mortal sadness
separates my father and I
The hardships he endured
before I was a twinkle in his eye
A hungry child in tattered clothes
   working the fields for a few potatoes
Frightened teen on a Pacific isle
   armed against Asian foes
The Great Depression haunts him like a spectre
cloaks his emotions in black & gray
lurking over his shoulder
familiar to his dying day

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