A Bad Man But a Father

It was a solemn affair
The funeral
Everyone who’d ever known him
Was there
Some even liked him a little
But most
Had just come to make sure
He was dead.

Amongst these folk a little arm
Reached up
To hold a grown-ups hand
His lad
His eyes squeezed tight, so tight
Lest he cry
To him at least he’d been
Just Dad
To this young boy the man had been
His Hero
Criminal in life the man had left behind
The Innocent.
Only time would tell if that would
Remain the case.

©JRW2014

2 thoughts on “A Bad Man But a Father

  1. “But most
    Had just come to make sure
    He was dead.”
    The above lines are my favorite. A powerful story about one man life. A lot of people leave peace after years of create chaos. Thank you for sharing the excellent poetry.

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