|Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
|Jon, you have moved me deeply with these words. My paternal grandmother endured a very similar life. Susan Kramer eventually fled
the hardships of County Cork, Ireland and traveled solo across the
Atlantic (steerage), became an indentured servant,& paid off her debt
before marrying my grandfather... life in Providence, Rhode Island was a little better, though the Depression &WWII offered additional challenges for that generation... I do agree that the sheer bravery and true grit of that generation has sadly passed...
|Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat
A tribute to your grandfather and the trials he faced. Wonderfully written.
|Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
|Beautifully written, expressing the true character and personality of a strong man in history. This is not a tribute only to your grandfather but to all men who live his time in that wonderful land of America.|
|Reviewed by Carole Mathys
|What a loving and honest tribute to your grandfather now the men of that era had true grit and honor, beautifully written Jon Michael.
love and peace, Carole~
|Reviewed by Andy Turner
|This is much more than a tribute.
It's a time when men of such ilk were the norm. Get up and get go with life, never complaining just living. Living life, not being anesthetised by living in a world of meaningless distractions, killing time, killing life.
|Reviewed by Paul Judges
|A fine tribute, Jon !|
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|This is a fine tribute, Jon; also a vivid reminder of what life was like back then. Thank you for sharing, my friend. Love, peace, and best wishes to you,
|Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
|Oh, Jon. What a tribute!!! SO well written, and. . .I don't know what to say.
Wonderful, wonderful job.
W o n d e r f u l !!!!
xOx Phyllis xOx
|Reviewed by JMS Bell
|THIS IS TRUE...OUR FOREFATHERS DESERVE ALL THE CREDIT. IT WAS THEY THAT 'PAID THE PRICE' FOR OUR 'EASE' OF LIVING TODAY. A GREAT TRIBUTE AND THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSINGS AND FAITH...
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
|Reviewed by Liana Margiva
|EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva|
|Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
|Have they passed Jon or is life so easy of late they just remain dormant waiting for the moment to rise again? Ilike to belive they are still alive, still close at hand. Wow, what a fabulous tribute to your grandfather and all he endured throughout his life...
Be always safe,
|Reviewed by John Flanagan
|I've found a hero here, Jon,
a true grit and a true soul without pretence, angle or spin,
"...when luxury and rest were words"
(how perfectly said!)
Thomas Curry Willey shines in your lines,
he is splendid and immortal.
Thank you, My Friend, for the mention
but all i did was give you a nudge
and very glad indeed i did for you've produced
a special lasting work.
This i save.
|Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
|men of my grandfather’s grit have all passed
Alas..couldn't agree more!
Ah yes..they were MEN in every sense of the word..goodness WHAT happened to men..why have they LOST that aspect of their Being...hmmm
excellent work John..truly amazing..thank you!
|Reviewed by Sheila Roy
|I couldn't agree more with your conclusion, Jon. Men really had to be men back when. But I think the heart of that kind of courage lies in every man; it's up to him to tap into it. Thank you for sharing a close-to-your-heart poem. Great imagery, too, Jon. Hugs,
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|You did not struggle for words to describes the times and the man. A great tribute he would have not understood. Most of us have memories of men like him in our families.
Now thomas curry willey is immortal.
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|Jon, This posseses history and heart that moves a reader to no end, poems witten that are over due probably are filled with more...your Grandfather would be so proud!
|Reviewed by Gene Williamson
|Jon, a most moving portrait of your grandfather, and a brief
but eloquent history of his time. My grandfather, too, was
a veteran of that same horribly destructive war. This, my
friend, goes directly to my library. -gene.
|Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER
|You made him proud with this most eloquent tribute Jon, your capture of his times, and todays, is worth a poets pen indeed, and yours have filled your pen with his labour left behind, bless you!
|Reviewed by Vivian Dawson
|Grandfathers, so Stately...you have captured the essence of yours, Jon...or to sit upon their knee...God loves them, as I did mine!
|Reviewed by Christine Tsen
|Wonderfully written tribute, John!
There are so many great lines.
You are so right about the times in these lines
towing onerous duty today's leisure crowd/could not even conceptually harbor", and my favorite
trudge filled days painted eyes and faces hollow/destitution's children knew labor, no sport". Incredible eloquence!
|Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
|You got that right, my friend, but if intuition tells me those days may come back to us. I fear the earth, or a huge part of it, will be almost inhabitable in half a century or less. It won't be global warming (jeez, have to laugh every time I hear that), but from the Big Blast from multiple high-tech weapons fired from different point of the glove in the last hurrah for mankind and his toys.|
|Reviewed by D Johnson
|And it is a good thing that men like you...remember. Your grandfather would have been proud of what you have done.