A Poem By Sammy Lupo, Illinois
The Magnificent Three
I have a small idea what it's like to be a small child
Between the age of 7 and 8
Without a true father figure to guide you along
During life's trials and tribulation...
But of course I've no clue what they've been through
Which in this case was on a much larger scale with the incarceration of their father
And his 50 year sentence
The bond I shared with my children was and is very special to me.
Albeit some 13 years past, I shall never forget those awesome memories
Special moments and the joy
Of being a father to my three wonderful children...
There are always a few special things
That define a relationship between a parent and child
For me, there were many and I will always cherish those
Special things that brought us closer together...
My eldest, my now 21 year old son,
Was quite the daring and bold little fella
He took to fishing with a real zest just like his father
And he could tackle life's obstacles
Like learning to ride a bike all by himself
His sense of caring at that young age was undeniable, unbelievable!
The smart, clean, energetic, fun-loving,
good-spirited, big-hearted and awesome son
was a blast and honour to be around.
My now twenty year old daughter,
was quite the little bossy one, hence the nickname Missy!
She enjoyed taking control of matters
and voiced her opinion whenever possible.
She was daddy's little girl in every which way.
We shared silly things like a secret handshake,
matching bandanas, the braiding of her hair (not always perfect).
I would also grow my pinky nails out, and allow her to paint them to
the exact colour of hers! She is a magnificent little girl, so full of love and cheer.
My now thirteen year old daughter was a gem of a baby!
Her blue eyes like her dad's expressed so much.
She took to my voice like no other, and her smiles and giggles
brought joy to many a heart! I was only to witness her growth through photos,
but I'm proud and amazed at her qualities.
Although incarcerated, I am still the proud father of three amazing and beautiful children.
What they have accomplished in life thus far speaks volumes to their character,
strength and their will to succeed in life,
even through all their hardships, obstacles
and a father ..... a father lost to them.
Sammy Lupo, Illinois
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