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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Birthday Dad! - 94 & Still Going Strong! Samuel C. Dove, Sr.



I am fortunate
To have Loving Friends and a
Loving Family


My Dad was born on October 29, 1919. He turned 94 years old today. What an awesome blessing! Doesn't he look handsome wearing the new hat my Mom gave him? To mark this special occasion, I share a tribute I wrote in his honor. It appears in my book of poetry, “Color in Motion,” which features a foreword by drumming legend Max Roach.

My Hero

When I say I’m proud of
Who I am, the people
I come from

I truly mean it

When I say I’m thankful
You’re always there,
Teaching all those lessons,

I truly mean it

When I say I’m proud of your genius, your intellect,
Your craftsmanship,

I truly mean it

When I say your jovial sense of humor
Makes this world a better place,


I truly mean it

Master Bricklayer
Auto Mechanic
Plumber
Carpenter
Handyman
Prolific Gardener                                                                                                  
My Dad.

When I say
I’m proud of who I am
The people I come from,

I truly mean it

Oldest of ten
Father of five
Grandfather of three
Husband of Esther
Life of the party
Evil as a cuss
Impossible jigsaw of contractions


When I say I’m thankful
You’re always there,
Teaching all those lessons,
 
I truly mean it

A very special person
Loves his Scotch and his collards,
His beer and his ribs
A magnet to all children

When I say
I’m proud of
All your accomplishments

I truly mean it

Samuel C. Dove, Sr.
Born 1919
A product of the Old South
Migrated to Philadelphia
An honest, hard-working man
When I say I am truly blessed,
To have a Dad like you,

 I truly mean it.



(Love you Dad. With all my heart.)

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