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My Graduation Gift

Story ID:6312
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1944
Person:Heart sick, Chelsea Kansas Kid
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My Graduation Gift

My Graduation gift

From my Aunt Gladys
Down Everton, Missouri way
She gave me a Pen and Pencil set
On my graduation day.

When I graduated
From EHS
This was the gift
That I thought the best

The Pen and Pencil,
Were a dark blue
I carried them with pride
Wouldn’t you?

She told me that
You’ll have to write to me
While you’re in the Army
And when you’re oversea.

While I was taking Basic training
I had a special hiding place
For my pen and pencil set
You couldn’t wear them on the base.

Then I left Ft. Lewis Washington
And boarded the Cape Cleare
Proceeded to find my bunk
For my overseas tour.

When it got dark
I would go forward to the bow
Watch the phosphorous lights
In the sea water glow

As the ship plowed through the water
How those lights would flash below
I leaned farther over to see
And wouldn’t you know

My pen Slipped out of my pocket
And fell away from me
Nothing I could do
But watch it disappear into the sea.

I never told my Aunt
Why I didn’t write in ink
Through my stupidity
I left it in the drink.

I had guarded that set so carefully
For a year or so
Kept it hid in a special place
Then to watch it go

Into the center of the Pacific Ocean
Aunt Gladys , she never knew
About my carelessness
I never told her, would you?

Monte L. Manka 09-08-10