Sunday, October 9, 2011

Happy Birthday, Stephen!

Sullivan (age 12) wrote this in honor of Stephen's birthday today:


There once was a soldier named Stephen,

Who was so shrewd and brave,

Every time he drove down the street,

Everyone would salute and wave.


Before he was deployed in the Middle East,

All his friends threw a goodbye feast,

And he promised them their names he would not forget,

And that he would keep up with them on the Internet.


When he was not on the front lines, leading his platoon,

From six o'clock in the morning, till six o'clock in the afternoon,

He would blow up tanks full of enemy men,

Or pick up a machine gun and shoot down about ten.


He would fight and fight and fight and fight,

He would fight in the day and fight in the night,

Until not a single enemy soldier could stand,

And their enemy commander lost his command.


And then after all he had heard and saw,

He said, “I think I've got an interest in law.”

So he finally put down his rifle and knife,

And went back home to his daughter and wife.


He started as a lawyer but then became a judge,

As he sorted out every fight, theft, and grudge,

Until he retired at the age of sixty-four,

And went to his family, which was plus eighteen more.


And as each daughter found a husband and each son found a wife,

He moved down to Dallas, were he spent the rest of his life,

And he watched his grandchildren grow until the day he went to heaven,

And they counted them all up, and he had three hundred and seven.


I hope you like this foretelling of you,

And I hope everything in this poem comes true.

Sincerely,

Sullivan Alexander

6 comments:

Graham Donahue said...

Nice poem Sullivan. I'm sure Stephen will like it. and happy birthday to him.

Graham

Michelle said...

What wonderful words of blessing from Sullivan!
Happy birthday to Stephen!

Abigail said...

This is the best thing since sliced bread! :D Great job Sullivan, and Happy Birthday Stephen!

Jonathan Bartlett said...

Sullivan--I just love those last stanzas! "plus eighteen more"... "Three hundred and seven" grandchildren. Lord willing that'll be true of me too! Thanks for the inspiration, I'm sure Stephen thought it was great.

Rachel said...

Bravo, Sullivan! Quite original and I'm positive Stephen will love it!
From one author to another,
Rachel, ;)

Connie Leis said...

Awesome Job Sullivan! I enjoyed reading this birthday poem very much!
Mrs. Connie Leis in Chesapeake