2005

Poems – 2005

(Posted: March 29, 2011)

These are the poems that we read during our last dinner together…..

BOB

Looking fit as a fiddle – he walks every day.

Don’t talk to his right or he’ll turn it away.

In his B-17 shirt he was the envy of all.

A picture of fashion – he stood there so tall.

MARY

Mary is the envy of this tour we’re in.

Everyone has noticed the beauty of her skin.

What a devoted wife going where her husband goes.

It’s obvious of their love – everybody knows.

What interesting stories that she was kind to tell.

Always neat as a pin and as a person she was swell.

WALTER

What a charming upbeat personality – who’s really been so sweet.

We girls have all wondered – is it with Natasha that you sleep?

You’re such a “waste-not” person-your plate is always clean.

But just once for old times sake – Could we use your latrine?

Your driving is phenomenal – the places that we’d fit.

You’ve been a gem of a guy with a smile that just won’t quit.

SHIRLEY

She’s Joe’s constant companion and his main support.

A blond bombshell with nice legs – she could wear her skirts short.

Such a natty dresser – she really loves to shop.

She was the best stair climber and knew just when to stop.

CRAIG

He impresses his own wife with the German he can speak.

We all concurred that we’ve felt safer in his presence throughout the week.

In his treatment of the ladies, he’s patient and he’s kind.

His knowledge in astronomy and philosophy indicate also a great mind.

JOE

He was a main contributor to our special tour.

So full of jokes and stories – of that we all are sure.

It was noted he likes pink tea and he always carries salt.

He turned his POW experience to positive and negative to a halt.

JOHN

He’s a strong and silent person and at camp he was a cook.

It’s told he was like a bloodhound at Barth in knowing where to look.

An aspiring archeologist – he’s not afraid of dirt.

He’s used to desert weather donning his tropical shirt.

An amazing person with still the thirst to learn.

And in a conversation he always takes his turn.

GIB

He’s our leader, caretaker and it comes from his heart.

A knowledgeable tour guide with hair that’s so smart.

How thoughtful to pass out the cookies and gum.

And how about learning that he plays a mean drum.

The words “Listening, listening” would echo through the air.

And at Nurnberg we could visualize Gib on a tank there.

PAUL

He’s a walking history book with information he’s retained.

His presence on our tour results in knowledge that we gained.

The ability to think of ways to keep each trip unique,

With the record on his coasters – he continues quite a streak.

DON

The epitome of fatherhood and a model to us all.

A man who makes you feel that on him you could call.

We never heard the likes of it – we probably shouldn’t say,

But a rumor has been floating ‘round that he peed in the bidet.

He could put his French to practice on this remarkable trip.

His love of ice cream and naps on the bus have really been a rip.

JOAN

Our precious Joan soon became everyone’s mom.

The widow from Minnesota here in memory of husband, John.

She’d pose for daughter, Nancy, with her cover girl smile.

If we became sick we’d surely pick her to stroke our head a while.

Remembering our friends who left early:

BUD

Such a kind and gentle man and easy on the eyes.

Hearing of his football scholarship was really no surprise.

We heard his fifth of vodka disappeared before Berlin.

His obvious admiration of Anita – so proud it’d make you grin.

Lucky for us Bud joined our trip – he was as special as he could be.

How great to hear of the parachute jump on the anniversary of his jump in ’43.

RUTH

The fifth of 7 children, she’s a long tall drink of water.

It was obvious from conversation she took after her father.

She’s an avid walker and has climbed the highest peak.

And if that’s not enough – you should know that she can teach.

JIM

 With his grand sense of humor – he could make us smile.

Although arriving late it felt as though he’d been with us all the while.

The amazing fact that women changed his life was a story we were told.

We plan to gather at his health clinic and spa before we get too old.