Just me, explaining myself through Poetry words. Words that have been in my head for years. Now inviting you to read and see what you think?
U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard: (LHD-6)
I Sail Aboard You, “Poor Richard”,
We Pull Away from the Shipyard.
To New Duty We Shall Depart,
You can Bet…I have an Anchor…tattooed across my Heart.
The Anchor…a Symbol which is to me...A Way of Life,
Another Tour of Duty…Away from my Children and my Wife.
A Mighty Carrier in our Fleet…Sets Out…Once more to Sea,
Among the finest Ships and Crew…of the U.S. Nav-y.
How many Sailors have stood on your deck...my old friend?
How many Pilots have been launched from you into the Wind?
I wonder what John Paul Jones, Himself, would have to say?
To see your gigantic broadside silhouette, sailing out in the Bay...
To know you carry with you Legendary Spirit, and Might...
Once again, I hear Him saying, “We have not yet Begun to Fight”!
And...What would Ben Franklin write of you...named honorably after his “Almanak”?
Guarantee that We’ll write a New Chapter in History…Should we have to launch an attack!
Turbulent waves below are splashing...Undaunted though...we get Underway...
Our Hull pushes them away crashing...As it answers to what the Helm has to say.
Listen closely…You can hear it…As the Dolphins take the lead...
The Propellers churning towards our Mission…taking us there at Top Speed.
Gigantic Gray Vessel with a 847 feet long of Floating U.S. Military Real Estate...
It's very presence...causes those who want to fight us...to think twice and hesitate.
A Floating Fort or a Mobile Airport, "Revolutionary Gator"...you perform up to your name,
You're every bit the Ship...transformed through time...worthy of the original Frigate’s Fame.
And with Marines aboard you…ready to lead out on an Assault,
America...You just can’t help it…you are the greatest by Default!
So Sail On...You Mighty Carrier…to Far Away…and Seven Sea,
But know that in all your Glory…You Take Along with You…A Part of Me!
________________U.S.S. BONHOMME RICHARD________________
“Non sibi sed patriae” is an unofficial Motto of the U. S. Navy and can be translated as: "not for self, but for country". It is my hope that this expression permeates throughout this particular poem.
This is dedicated to my Father who served upon the (*) U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31); Post-Korean War Patrols. (Poem Author's Note: The (*) fourth picture below is from the current U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard’s History Web Page. It shows the (*) old girl (CVA-31) in all her glory…extremely well…I must add! Two more pictures (at the stern of this Hub Poem) have been added to this Hub Page under that fourth picture. The bottom two photos were found in conjunction with archives relating to the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington. The first of these photos is of the second Bonhomme Richard (CV-31) named vessel...in her early days before her deck was modified for Jet Fighters (CVA-31). The very last picture is of her sitting with the "Mothball Fleet"...there in the Bremerton Yard...before she was scrapped. It is sad to discover that my Dad's ship was inevitably scrapped. Yet, the "Bonnie Dick" (CVA-31) lives on... transformed through time...as the "Revolutionary Gator" (LHD-6). "We have not yet begun to fight," John Paul Jones quote. Please, forgive me for showing my enormous pride in all things related to the ship my Father served on for a time: "Know you Carry with you Legendary Spirit, and Might..." Manly Poetry Man.
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