Ode: An ode is a kind of poem, usually praising something. … An ode is a form of lyric poetry — expressing emotion — and it’s usually addressed to someone or something, or it represents the poet’s musings on that person or thing.
(Long time readers may remember a version of this post from 2016. It showed up on my “blog stats” this morning and I thought it was worth reposting. DM)
My dad graduated high school in the early 50’s.
A local attorney (Remley) who at one point owned the farm my dad lived on, offered to pick up the tab on his college tuition “because he had a knack for math.” My grandparents were not rich. They’d raised a family through the great depression, then after WW 2, shipped, case after case of canned food and clothing to grandma’s relatives back in the old country (German).. .so grandpa and grandma never really got ahead financially. Dad opted not to go to college, instead went into the service, then went to work at a packing house. After that, he started driving a cement truck for a local cement company. At some point, he was asked to come into the office and help behind the counter in the lumber yard portion of the business, eventually rising through the ranks to manage both the lumberyard and the concrete plant.
(Remember what I told you about math.) 🙂
In the early 1970’s dad went into business with his brother as a general contractors. They built up a multi-million dollar construction company, employed one hundred eighty men over the course of a 30 year span, one of which was me.
This is an ode to the blue collar man that shaped my life..
Ode To The Blue Collar Man
The heart of
the mind of
between raising a family,
paying the bills and farming the land,
his steel guitar got misplaced in the mix.
Life is a pendulum.Sometimes we learn
by example, and sometimes we choose
a different path.