Frank V. Gardner
Sanctification Of Love by Frank V. Gardner

Sanctification Of Love by Frank V. Gardner

Those lovers, young, may think they know, But they won't know the score, Until they're married twenty years, And then they add some more. Some lovers must experiment On ...

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Pope John, Ecumenical Man by Frank V. Gardner

Pope John, Ecumenical Man by Frank V. Gardner

Pope John is dead! The crowds go home, Their vigil's over now; Their prayers continue for the man Who simply showed them how. 'Pope John is dead, ' the headlines say, The ...

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Joseph Julian, Marine Corps Legend by Frank V. Gardner

Joseph Julian, Marine Corps Legend by Frank V. Gardner

One Joseph 'Rudy' Julian, A World War Two Marine, Was killed on Iwo Jima in a A most heroic scene. On Iwo Jima, forty-five, Where three Marine Divisions fought, The enemy ...

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He Knows What He’s Doing  by Frank V. Gardner

He Knows What He’s Doing by Frank V. Gardner

One day in March, my little girl and I had lunch together. We looked outside, across the lawn, and talked about the weather. The wind was strong; the cedar trees were in its ...

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This Time, You Come To Me by Frank V. Gardner

This Time, You Come To Me by Frank V. Gardner

All through our lovely married lifeI've had to go away.And it was always you, my dear, Who was back home to stay.It wasn't my own choosing, But the Government, which said That I ...

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Father I Hardly Knew by Frank V. Gardner

Father I Hardly Knew by Frank V. Gardner

My father, who I hardly knew, Was never one to shirk.He died in nineteen twenty four, While helping friends at work.He came from Colorado, Where the men were taught to ride.He ...

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Let Us Join The Town by Frank V. Gardner

Let Us Join The Town by Frank V. Gardner

We're separated by the creek! Frustrated by the pike! We're cut off from the town in waysNo one of you would like! A bridge will straddle Wolftrap RunAt Echols Street some day, ...

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Chain Of Twenty Five by Frank V. Gardner

Chain Of Twenty Five by Frank V. Gardner

Another year has passed, my love, And now it's twenty five: The total years our marriage hasBeen true, and been alive.We've moved a dozen times in all, And shared good times with ...

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Iwo Jima: Why And How by Frank V. Gardner

Iwo Jima: Why And How by Frank V. Gardner

Discussing the Pacific War, a student asked of me, "Why take so small an island, isolated, far at sea? "I told the class what we had done; it jogged my memory. At home, I ...

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Gardner Seven Teens by Frank V. Gardner

Gardner Seven Teens by Frank V. Gardner

In spring when buds are popping, And the leaves are showing green, Who could enjoy it better thanA girl of seventeen.Just like the robin and the wren, Who chirp, and primp, and ...

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Widow And Very Special Mother by Frank V. Gardner

Widow And Very Special Mother by Frank V. Gardner

In nineteen hundred twenty four, Because our father died, Our mother had to go to work, And swallow family pride.She had three youngsters then to raise; It was no easy task; For ...

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Retiring For Final Writings by Frank V. Gardner

Retiring For Final Writings by Frank V. Gardner

There's got to be another poem; Perhaps a book or two.I have ideas for writing themBy then I should be through.In March 2003, Gerry and I moved into a retirement community, where ...

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Come Home. Danny by Frank V. Gardner

Come Home. Danny by Frank V. Gardner

The day that Danny went awayHe didn't make a fuss.It was the second day of May....He left a note for us.It said he'd join us later on....He wanted better life.God knows we tried ...

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Mother’s Day With Microwave by Frank V. Gardner

Mother’s Day With Microwave by Frank V. Gardner

This early morn I woke befuddled; .Came downstairs to writeThese thoughts that in my mind were muddledThrough the stormy night.It's been two weeks since I've come homeFrom hernia ...

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Not Any Other Landing Force by Frank V. Gardner

Not Any Other Landing Force by Frank V. Gardner

They called us Landing Force, Air SupportControl Unit One: Marines who knew the difference 'tweenA rifle and a gun.We specialized in radio, Some radar business too. To dig ...

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Body Man, A Special Breed by Frank V. Gardner

Body Man, A Special Breed by Frank V. Gardner

The body man is in a job That he's been in for years.He gets it done, as they all do, With muscle, sweat.... and beers.Well, first he checks the damage done, And tallies up the ...

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John Kennedy, Eternal Rest by Frank V. Gardner

John Kennedy, Eternal Rest by Frank V. Gardner

The day John Kennedy was shot, He bowed his wounded head... His wife embraced him frantically, Her lap, a martyr's bed. Within the hour he was gone.... She kissed a last ...

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Iambic Tetrameter And Me by Frank V. Gardner

Iambic Tetrameter And Me by Frank V. Gardner

Today, I sat me down to ponderWhy I write like this: Four metric feet, first line of text, And three feet in the next.This sing-song meter ambles onFrom line to line, and then, A ...

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Rest Assured, John Kennedy by Frank V. Gardner

Rest Assured, John Kennedy by Frank V. Gardner

The years have passed since Kennedy...With heartache, war, and strife....How would it be if, only, He had not then lost his life? As President, he gave us hope....And purpose to ...

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Mexico Farewell by Frank V. Gardner

Mexico Farewell by Frank V. Gardner

Six years we've lived in Mexico, And now it's time to go.We're headed back to Washington, Where winter brings the snow.The winters here are warmer though; In Juarez it was ...

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Gerry’s Paintings On The Wall by Frank V. Gardner

Gerry’s Paintings On The Wall by Frank V. Gardner

On Echols Street in Sixty Three There was some 'painting' done, And those who did that painting Said it was a lot of fun. For Gerry, it was more like 'work: ' To paint walls ...

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Halloween Game by Frank V. Gardner

Halloween Game by Frank V. Gardner

October ends up with a game. Each year things happen much the same.Some ghosts and goblins may be seen,... Around about on Halloween.It's really kids dressed up like that: Some ...

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The Walshes Came To  Burgundy by Frank V. Gardner

The Walshes Came To Burgundy by Frank V. Gardner

Some hundred fifty years agoA young man left his home; Good-bye to hills of Ireland, To make it on his own.At age eighteen, he had no fearTo cross the ocean wide, Although he made ...

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Chain Of Thirty Three And Bracelet Of Nine by Frank V. Gardner

Chain Of Thirty Three And Bracelet Of Nine by Frank V. Gardner

Eight years ago in old New York, I found a special shop With silver things from Argentina; Quality, the top.I bought a silver necklace there, With links of twenty five, To mark ...

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We’Ve Got A Bridge At Echols Street by Frank V. Gardner

We’Ve Got A Bridge At Echols Street by Frank V. Gardner

(Tune: 'Hi Lee, Hi Lo, Hi Lup up up') We've got a bridge at Echols Street And it is built to stay. We're thanking all the townspeople By marching here today. Hi ...

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Tom Showed What He Could Do by Frank V. Gardner

Tom Showed What He Could Do by Frank V. Gardner

When, yesterday, Tom broke his wrist, 'Twas in a rugby game: His first as one of the 'Fifteen'To bear St. George's name.He played the pillar in the scrum, And threw the ball, as ...

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They Fly Away In Disarray by Frank V. Gardner

They Fly Away In Disarray by Frank V. Gardner

For anything we ever didThat ever beat the band, 'Twas chasing off those pigeonsFrom the 'residence' so grand. The house of our ambassador, So stately standing there, Has no more ...

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Nancy’s Life To Save by Frank V. Gardner

Nancy’s Life To Save by Frank V. Gardner

When Nancy was a tiny totShe sank beneath a wave.Her family gathered on the spot, Her precious life to save. We dragged her from the water, As her skin was turning blue.We prayed ...

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We Need A Bridge At Echols Street by Frank V. Gardner

We Need A Bridge At Echols Street by Frank V. Gardner

(Tune: 'I've Been Working on the Railroad') We were walking on the causeway; Got pushed into the creek. That is why we're using Maple; It ...

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Two Dozen Roses by Frank V. Gardner

Two Dozen Roses by Frank V. Gardner

How many hours in a day? They number twenty four.How many hours can one give love? Well, lovers don't keep score.A clock that tells the time of dayCan't measure gifts of love, Not ...

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Vienna Civic Pride by Frank V. Gardner

Vienna Civic Pride by Frank V. Gardner

The Old Dominion's largest town, In Fairfax County lies: One-half-hour's drive from Washington, Due west through open skies. The 'Beltway' takes you close to it, And 'Sixty ...

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Fbi Director Hoover – The Man by Frank V. Gardner

Fbi Director Hoover – The Man by Frank V. Gardner

J. Edgar Hoover was a manWho had a job to do.He did it well; yes, even thoughHis critics were some few.He started out against the oddsFour dozen years ago.He volunteered, and ...

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Do The Best You Can by Frank V. Gardner

Do The Best You Can by Frank V. Gardner

The world around us doesn't wait for us to make a mark; For waiting is so futile when we have so little spark. So many do the waiting as they watch the world go by; Too many sit ...

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Vow On Okinawa by Frank V. Gardner

Vow On Okinawa by Frank V. Gardner

One starry night on Okinawa, Guns and men were still; A young Marine was standing dutyOn a lonely hill.The battle ever carries on.... Two months it's been by now....All dead ...

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We Want A Bridge At Echols Street by Frank V. Gardner

We Want A Bridge At Echols Street by Frank V. Gardner

(Tune: 'Hi Lee, Hi Lo, Hi Lup up up') We want a bridge at Echols Street! We need it right away! We're showing all the townspeople By ...

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Danny’s Home Again by Frank V. Gardner

Danny’s Home Again by Frank V. Gardner

Our Danny came back home to usBy Greyhound bus today.The count of days was forty-sixSince when he went away.He thumbed a ride to San Antone, And hopped a freight from there.He ...

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