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Grandpa's Wisdom
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By Louis Gander
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Grandpa's Wisdom

Before the jets, before the planes,
before the cars and traffic lanes,
before genetics changed our corn,
before the IRS was even born,
before CD's and movie stars,
before the rover got to mars -
was born a man, a little tot,
who endured much, but learned a lot.
 
His life saw many swinging doors
including two hard world wars.
Depression great.  Its pain would gnaw -
and many other things he saw.
 
I knew him well and we were close.
At times he'd offer me a dose -
of wisdom gained along his way.
I'd listen close to what he'd say.
 
The years passed by as he grew old
but many truths he had foretold -
respect would lack, expensive gas...
It seems it all has came to pass.
 
Now, it's not hard to peer beyond
a lack of faithful family bond -
where babies know their father not -
and debt would bury quite a lot.
 
Where morals lack, great pain will be
and little things called bankruptcy -
yet we can wipe our whole slate clean
and make it so it's never seen.
 
But when amiss at what we're taught,
when our responsibilities are naught,
when we're in need of steak or ham
we'll ask for more from Uncle Sam.

It seems we do not want to pay
for all the things we have today -
nor want to ever pay, when due,
the moral debt we're going through.
 
But unlike others 'on the lamb’,
my grandpa was a faithful man -
who read his Bible inside-out
and knew what life was all about.

Oh, one day man will find it out,
(make no mistake and have no doubt),
after kings have misbehaved,
after money buys their slaves,
after parents kill and die,
after homeless babies cry,
after we've lived life our way -
and after death on judgement day.
 
©2013 louis gander


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Submitted: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2016

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.


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