Watching the Ripples Radiate.
Author: marshalg

Chapter 178
A Man of Men




































Dedicated to Great Grandpa Verne, with the love only an adopted son could give.


Hatchet nose and hooded brow

A wisp of white hair, wind blown now,

Two hawk, blue eyes which see within,

Bush bred, gaunt and pig hunt trim.

Old now in his senior years

Missing June with hidden tears,

Saw Hiroshima's atom death

With tommy gun and sake breath.


A legacy on freckled brow

In melanoma's tumors now,

Lives alone on simple fare

With Smoky cat and favoured chair.

In Wanganui, coastal town

Loves fish and chips and Tui brown.


Hard hands reflect a life of graft

His good firm grip in handshake grasp,

Trialist of some All Black fame

Bread maker in the baking game.

Shearer,farmer, fencer, Dad

White baiting always made him brag,

A dead shot across hills of green

Where hinds would pause to graze unseen.


Daughters fair pursued by some

Who walked the gauntlet of his gun,

Taught the grand kids natural skills

Like setting traps for possum kills,

Shoot a rabbit, catch a fish,

A fry up of my favourite dish.


Missing mates who chose to die

Requiring friends to mourn and cry,

Missing Brian, his only son

And June, his wife,the special one,

Leaving life a vacant space,

A colourless and pallid place,

Except in his emphatic way

He looks at me and stands to say...

"Life must go on my son"

Go mount your bike and pack your gun

And head up to yon wooded hill

To stalk the stag and make the kill.


Staunch, erect, a man of men

Is Verne Bell who I call my friend.




8 November 2009


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