*Great Man*

by mossgirl19   Sep 4, 2019

Dedicated to Uncle Steve Kepros of Iowa, USA

I wish I had Gibran's hand
to write you lovely verses
or Emerson's deep thoughts
to make you a dedication
or the Grimms' imagination
to tell you a fairytale.

But I have only my heart
with which I am to write
about you, great man.

I know you hid your sword
for the sake of peace
you burned your cape for good
and never rode that horse again.
But once a great man
always a great man
and you cannot hide it
from the rest of the world
because your actions have betrayed you
and you are great, man-
without a horse, a sword or a cape.

I know you kept your books locked
and buried some miles beneath
you never talked about E=MC2
or the theory of relativity again.
But once a great man
always a great man
and you can't escape it
because all the world knew
your deeds have defined you
and you are great, man-
science need not tell us so.

I know you sold your masterpieces
oh! those wondrous works of art!
wrote the best plays under a pen name
and traded poems for a little wine.
But once a great man
always a great man
and you can't get away from it
because the world have seen
how great you've been
and you are great, man-
without a palette or a pen.

And all I just wanna say is
great men don't always have
swords in hand
they can do without chemistry
physics or trigonometry
never write a kid's story
never learn to paint at all.

But a great man is a great man
and he cannot hide
because the light from his heart
will brighten up the world.
And you are great, man-
your light has shone on me.


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  • 2 weeks ago

    by Wayne Gates

    very nice tribute.

  • 2 weeks ago

    by Mark

    Beautiful tribute, great man indeed :)

  • 2 weeks ago

    by Truth Bringer

    this is a beautiful poem honoring a very great man. i am sure he is looking down on you with happiness. it is stories like this that reminds me that the world is not so terrible after all. god bless you and your family

  • 2 weeks ago

    by Michael


    A truly wonderful piece, dedicatef to a man that came into tour life and those of your siblings. The true kind... of kindness.

    Lovely story, M :)

  • 2 weeks ago

    by mossgirl19

    I wrote this poem back in 2010 for a foreigner who came here in the Philippines. We are not related to his wife or to him in any way, but he did something my siblings and I will never forget. When he learned of our plight (long story) he promised to give us a sack of rice every month and he did fulfill his promise and he did that for 3 long years until I graduated in college. When he learned I will graduate as a cum laude he came here to personally attend my graduation. Something my father did not even do. Today I learned that he had already passed away. Reminiscing on the first time he read this poem...he was in tears! He was a real life angel and I wouldn't be where I am without his great generosity. Thank you, Uncle Steve.

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