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Poetry Pleases: Family Stories

...In September 1944 Dam buster hero Guy Gibson
did not return from a bombing sortie
so my father ate his eggs and bacon.,,

In this marvellous and memorable poem Ivor Murrell writes about the loss of a father and new perspectives.

“You better have Gibbo’s breakfast Les, it don’t look like he’s coming back”

In September 1944 Dam buster hero Guy Gibson
did not return from a bombing sortie
so my father ate his eggs and bacon.
It became his favourite story.

As he lay dying in August 96 I realised
that his stories were all I knew him by.
Moments in time polished and embellished over the years
‘Putting One Over’ on someone was the target
buying, selling, bidding, haggling, dealing,
a self preserving instinct with little generosity.
There must have been more to him
some selfless spirit of humanity
but I never asked the hard questions
so never found it.

In the hospital, looking at his vacant face
I knew I never would.

The frenzied sobbing of my sister
mobbed the silence of the room
until the arrival of my oldest son.
Walking past the shocked siblings
declaring, as he reached into the bowl of untouched fruit:

“He had Gibbo’s breakfast, I’ll have his banana”
I was suddenly reassured -
The grandsons’ stories would have more humour.

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