CELEBRATING JIM’S 94TH BIRTHDAY, MAY 26th!
The poem below was written to Jim by his Mother when he was 14 in 1937.
TO A YOUNG GIANT
(Jim, age 14 years)
In sunlight you cast a shadow tall
Each ounce with the bounce of a ping-pong ball
I delight in your sapling strength
But you abhor your special length.
You’d shrink I think if you could be
Cut to you age-pattern, sparingly
Head and shoulders above the throng
Makes you feel you don’t “belong.”
But Oh my fine rebellious son
Your life-span has but begun
Tall distinction to you now, so poor
Will be envied by others when you’re mature.
If I could only foretell to you
The limitless things you may live to do!
Stand tall son, clear-eyed, fearless
Be a giant-hearted giant….peerless!