repost---ODE TO ADAM PETTY---01/22/2013

WIP-TBC I say to myself another's wise words..."Don't cry because it is over; Smile because it happened..."

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SATURDAY 26JAN2013 05:30AM

ODE TO ADAM PETTY

THE UNSUNG STORY OF UNFORTUNATE GLORY,
A PURE HEART, AND THE COURAGE OF A SAINT,
HE GAVE ALL TO THE LOVE OF RACING.

SOME PEOPLE WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THAT COMMITMENT
TO A DREAM, A DRIVEN OBSESSIVE COMPULSION
FOR WHAT THEIR SOUL TELLS THEM TO DO…

IT WAS A HIGHER POWER WHO GAVE ADAM THAT SOUL,
AND THAT INNER HEART AND YET
THE DNA OF RACING’S GREATEST RACING GENES
WERE IN HIS TRUE GRIT JEANS.

HE WAS A HERO TO ME,
OLD ENOUGH TO BE HIS FATHER
AND NEVER TOUCHED BY HIS SPIRIT
UNTIL MANY YEARS LATER.

BUT I KNOW IT WAS HIS SPIRIT
THAT TOUCHED ME ALONG WITH JOE PATERNO
AND JASON DUNHAM
THAT KEEPS ME CALM

IN THIS EARLY MORNING WRITING EXERCISE,
WITH THE ONLY THING RACING BEING MY 'BEAUTIFUL' MIND…

HERE IN MY OWN LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN
IN THE ENCHANTED MOUNTAINS OF THE ALLEGHENIES
JUST NORTH OF GOD’S COUNTRY
TWIN TIERS,
THE SOUTHERN TIER OF UPSTATE NEW YORK STATE
THE NORTHERN TIER OF PENNSYLVANIA,

THE LITTLE JERUSALEM OF
SAINT BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY
AND MERTON’S HEART,
I HEAR THE COLD WIND RUSH BY
AS MY HAIR FEELS THE HEAT GOING MACH III
IN MY OWN INNER MIND
RACING TO THE CHECKERED FLAG
IN THAT VICTORY LANE HIGH UP IN THE SKY…

SOME DAYS I FEEL LIKE I COULD
JUST REACH OUT AND TOUCH THE FACE OF GOD
LIKE IN THE POEM 'HIGH FLIGHT',
BUT WITH ADAM, JOE, AND JASON,
I KNOW I’LL BE ALL RIGHT…

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Once in a while
Someone comes along
That one in a million heart
So pure and so strong

They can face up to the tears
And somehow still find a smile
We only get it
Every once in a while

Once in while
Someone has the eyes
That one in a million look
Never tells lies

They can get you on your feet
To walk that extra mile
But we only see it
Every once in a while

That's why we call them heroes
That's why we know their names
And once you've heard their stories
You're never quite the same

That's why we call them heroes
The best thing they ever do
Is point to the best in us all
And say, 'If I can, you can too'

Once in a while
I still hear his voice
That one in a million sound
Like two laughin' boys

He would hate it if we cried
That never was his style
Oh, we still miss him
Every once in a while

Oh, they can face up to the tears
And somehow still find a smile
But we only get it
Every once in a while

Oh, how I miss him
Every once in a while

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Once In A While lyrics
Songwriters: Bettis, John; Dorff, Steve;

from a 'Godson' of Audie Murphy who's been to Hell and back again from the Twilight Zone...(Rod Serling's Impossible Dream...er-r)

© 2013 3D Divine Deadbeat Dad ( - 3/15/17


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