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Hank
by Jack R Roberts

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I will never forget the respect I would feel,
As I watched him for hours, making magic from steel.
He was hard but softhearted, always wanting to give,
As he worked I would listen, and his life hed relive.

He would talk of the old times back so long ago,
As I listened intently, for I wanted to know.
The things he had been through, and the things he would feel,
And his words as he spoke, made it all seem so real.

Then he took an old piece of scrap metal you see,
And he chucked it up tight while he was talking to me.
Then he turned on his lathe and away layers he peeled,
And from that scrap metal, great things hed reveal.

I watched close as he peeled each thin layer away,
Hed peek over his glasses and to me he would say.
I think this piece of metal has something to hide,
And Im going to find out what is hidden inside

He kept on turning that piece of brass down,
And then he smiled and said "look what I found".
I looked over his shoulder and then I could see,
that he had been making a brass hammer for me.

And when he had finished his creation so new,
I said, I wish I could make things the way that you do
He said I didnt make it, it was there all along,
I just took off the metal that didn't belong.

Hank is now gone, but I can look back and see,
Somehow he revealed things that were hidden in me.
He taught me something and I now say with pride,
That the mark of a man, is the heart thats inside.


Jack Roberts September 2002


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Reviewed by Marilyn Seray
This was such a sweet and lovely write Jack
Reviewed by Peter Adotey Addo
Great writing...I could almost see Hank ...
nice tribute
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook
"The mark of a man is the heart that's inside." Excellent. Both in style and content. Bravo & Applause!
Reviewed by Smoke
One of my favorite Jack writings. WONDERFUL.
You get better every day don't stop!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Debbie Edmiaston
What a beautiful tribute to your friend. He sounds like he was a remarkable man. I know he must be smiling when he reads this.
You're very talented.
Debbie :)
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader)
What a wonderful poetic tribute to your friend.
Reviewed by Mary Quire
Beautifully done! I loved how you were able to the entire tribute in rhyme. You are very talented!
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter
Jack
Wow, what joy he shares with you in this!
Every young man should have such a mentor.
Vicky
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish
How very true this one is.Well done.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
A wonderful memorey, tribute and write....
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