He Had Other Trophies

He Had Other Trophies

A Poem by Joyce S. Greene
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A poem I write in 2009 soon after my father's passing, in honor of his giving spirit.

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My Dad at seventy
did not sit in his chair
and tell tales by the fire
of football heroics
though he could have, not he!

A champion weight lifter
my Dad went to big meets
with his son to compete
and quite often he'd win
and come home triumphant.

His next goal was to beat
a guy stronger than he
and he worked and he worked
until he could bench press,
believe me, 300!

My Dad won that big match
that trophy was golden,
he was grinning and glad
and he walked with much pride,
he was twenty inside.

As my brother and Dad
walked away from the gym
a young man was leaving
who dropped his big trophy
which landed in pieces.

The face of the lifter
was grief-stricken and so
unzipping his bag fast
Dad did what he had to
and gave him his trophy.

The young man was startled
and could not say a thing
for my Dad walked away
not waiting for thank you's,
he had other trophies.


Rest in peace, Dad.  I love you!




© 2013 Joyce S. Greene



Author's Note

Joyce S. Greene
Graphics credit: Michael D. Salmon, my brother

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dear Joyce... a beautiful story of
your Dad's giving Spirit. His gift was
very unselfish... and surely gave him inner
Peace. It must be similar to being
in a Parish and looking at stained glass
windows of Saints in vivid colors with the
Light shining through. truly... Pat

Posted 4 Years Ago


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Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

What a lovely review, Patricia. When my mother was suffering from Alzheimer's, my father cared for .. read more



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What an amazing and generous man your father was, Joyce! This is a wonderful tribute to him. I especially like these lines:
and he walked with much pride,
he was twenty inside.

This says a lot about his spirit, and his real strength which had nothing to do with weights!

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

You're right, Rita. Dad was not a materialistic person. He cared deeply for his family and did not .. read more
That sounds like quite a guy. The world could use more men like your dad. This is a great tribute.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

My Dad was a great person and I miss him a lot. Thank you for your very nice words. They mean a lot.. read more
Relic

4 Years Ago

You're welcome Joyce and I'm very sorry for your loss.
Your Dad comes across as a gentle giant blessed with a magnanimous spirit!

A tremendous tribute and thank you for sharing Joyce !


Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Tom. My father would appreciate your kind words as well, I'm sure. He was a giver at he.. read more
This brought me chills, what an uplifting and triumphant story, I bet he is smiling right now, just knowing you're sharing this with so much pride.....great read Joyce!

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Frieda, and Dad would have thanked you, too, if he could. My brother told this story as p.. read more
The reward is in the doing. Great story, Joyce. You Dad sounds amazing.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

He was a very giving man and that is one of the things I will always treasure about him. He devoted.. read more
Patricia Wedel

4 Years Ago

Joyce... if only our leaders could be
more giving like your Dad. Very touching...
and.. read more
This is such a beautiful story. It's important to remember those moments that made the person we loved who they were. It's just one of many reasons why we love them. Thank you for sharing this Joyce.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thanks, Anne. I felt that my father's spirit was with me this morning, and I wanted to give him som.. read more
icelandicblue

4 Years Ago

I am sure he loved it. Your love for him is written in every words.

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