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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 he’d 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 he’d reveal.

I watched close as he peeled each thin layer away,
He’d peek over his glasses and to me he would say.
“I think this piece of metal has something to hide,
And I’m 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 didn’t 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 that’s inside.


Jack Roberts – September 2002


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Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 9/20/2002
This was such a sweet and lovely write Jack
Reviewed by Peter Adotey Addo 9/20/2002
Great writing...I could almost see Hank ...
nice tribute
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 9/19/2002
"The mark of a man is the heart that's inside." Excellent. Both in style and content. Bravo & Applause!
Reviewed by Smoke 9/18/2002
One of my favorite Jack writings. WONDERFUL.
You get better every day don't stop!!!!!!!
Reviewed by Debbie Edmiaston 9/17/2002
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) 9/17/2002
What a wonderful poetic tribute to your friend.
Reviewed by Mary Quire 9/17/2002
Beautifully done! I loved how you were able to the entire tribute in rhyme. You are very talented!
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter 9/16/2002
Jack
Wow, what joy he shares with you in this!
Every young man should have such a mentor.
Vicky
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 9/16/2002
How very true this one is.Well done.
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 9/16/2002
A wonderful memorey, tribute and write....

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