PROMISES KEPT 1958-2023
sixty-five is here;
it bring a cheer, perhaps a tear?
should be pleased that we have made it here
remembering those so lately lost, I fear,
thoughts that we are bringing up the rear.
started with solemn promises sincere
help this Navy keep our country free.
our thoughts should be directed
to our lately lost souls, oh so loved.
difference do a few years make?
with many extra years to partake
numerous opportunities to
new clothes, to serve in some place
the lives of just a few
in recent months who grew
statures no one would ever guess:
Jack Chrisman, Kent Lawrence,
Polski, Frank Gamboa,
Johnson, Wayne Scott, Zack Pate,
Barbero, Terry Magrath, all typical of 58,
impressive Naval or Air Force service, navigate
ways to new and deep engagement
commercial or civic enterprise well spent.
of us might have a thank you due,
as mine to the classmate, I don’t know who,
the obstacle course Plebe summer, do or die,
me a shove up that first obstacle taller than I.
know his name, is he here? Thanks sincere,
thanks to those who spent many a year
Hanoi Hilton enduring blood, sweat and tears.
night, while pulling out loo..ong strings of floss,
think of those stalwarts who shared just shreds
floss amounting to little more than threads.
promises were mostly kept in tact
help carry out God’s plans, it is a fact.
Isaiah 46:3-4, “Harken to me”…[gives His guarantee],
”…even to your old age I am He,
And to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made [you], and I will bear [you];
I will carry [you] and will save [you].”