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My Dad's Uniform
by Pamela June Kimmell

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Although it's been eleven years this week since my Dad, dressed in his Air Force uniform, entered the gates of Heaven, it still seems like yesterday. I wrote this years ago and "dust it off" every October in his memory....


Smartly executed, the perfect salute
My handsome Dad in his Air Force “suit”.
He wore the uniform with so much pride,
He wore it with reverence, it strengthened his stride.

He wore it to parties and meetings and such,
To his work at the Pentagon that he loved so much,
Years passed, we saw the world, then to Virginia returned,
We grew apart, I had grown up, he watched the bridges that I burned.

I fell in love, and eloped, robbing him of his chance
To wear the uniform down the aisle or with his daughter to dance.
Years passed, he retired, and put his old uniform away,
My parents divorced, so did I, times were sad I must say.

More time passed, I fell in love, planned a wedding with a smile,
I knew at last he’d get his dream to escort me down the aisle.
By then his illness had taken a toll, he was sick but did his best,
And down the aisle he took me, in his uniform he was dressed.

Just two short years from that time, he’d breathe his final breath,
One last time he wore the uniform, as he lay in eternal rest.
I gazed down to whisper goodbye, and I felt that though he’d died,
I was overwhelmed with feeling he still wore the “blue” with pride.

I have a fantasy, I’ll admit, that on the day I leave this life,
As I travel through the fog, leave behind all pain and strife,
He’ll be there at the gates, in his uniform of blue,
Just in time to proudly escort his daughter right on through.


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Reviewed by P. Michaels 10/20/2003

This is wonderful. You must stop by and see one for my father, who was in the Army during World War II. It's called "What Good Is A Protagonist?"
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 10/20/2003
Wonderful tribute to your father, Pamela. I lost my Dad three years ago, and I miss him immensely. But memories see us through, I guess. Thanks for sharing this.
Reviewed by Woman Words (Reader) 10/20/2003
Pam - written with extraordinary beauty & grace
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 10/20/2003
I have no doubt that he will be there exactly as you see him. Beautiful tribute and thanks for the sharing.
Reviewed by Cathy Montgomery (Reader) 10/20/2003
This is a beautifully touching and written poem...
The love just flows all through this...
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 10/20/2003
Such a touching, loving, heartfelt poem that I almost felt that I knew your father. I mean it, Pam, you projected the essense of the man. He is smiling.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/20/2003
Pamela, beautiful poem. I'm sure he wore it proudly.

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