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GERALD W
GOMES
Hunter & fisher
Wild duck, pacu
& labba
Off 'rings from
father.

HAIKU POEM
ROSALIENE BACCHUS

Needing independence
and equal recognition.
Still under supervision,
needing court petition.

Living with displaced values,
wanting adult responsibilities.
No traces of maturity,
or common sense possibilities.

Challenging all authority,
with aggressive behavior.
With sixteen years of life,
hoping dad would concur.

First to give criticism,
and unsolicited lip.
Advising what's cool,
and dad being a 'trip'.

Comparing him to others,
with liberal points of view.
Allowing equal standing...
in adult things you do.

Being one of the gang,
or just a sweetheart.
Sharing his authority,
with a young upstart.

Enabling grown-up activities,
with a child under age.
Trying to be pals with...
one threatening youth's rage.

Just to avoid drama,
Father might give in.
Jeopardizing his position...
of Father or Friend.

Never will this happen,
in my life time...
Choosing to correct her,
when stepping out of line.

Be the 'Father' God intended,
and not a friend to foolishness.
Giving guidance and nurturing,
discipline and tenderness.


Poem from My Poetic Journey by
Gerald W. Jones, Author House, USA,
2012.

Father or Friend
Gerald W. Jones
COOK-MAN

My mind is focused at this world, and all the wrong that exist
in the minds of men. The thoughts that can enslave a whole
nation, turn brother against brother, and cause death to
innocent women and children.
~ GERALD W. JONES, excerpt from "Who I Am," My Poetic Journey,
2012.
PUBLISHED WITH PERMISSION
Gerald W. Jones was
born in California
during the Baby
Boomer era. A former
police officer for thirty
years, he began
writing poetry as a
way to deal with the
harsh realities of life
he faced in the
course of his duty.

His poetry expresses
his thoughts, moods,
feelings and views of
life, as well as people
and issues that have
affected his life.
GERALD'S CHOICE
DANCE WITH MY
FATHER
LUTHER VANDROSS

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