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Old Duke

In 1978 my uncle, Robert D. Leslie, published a book of poetry entitled “Days to Remember”. I scanned the back cover of the book, which shows a photograph of my uncle and tells a little bit about him.

Old Duke

My uncle passed away in February 2004. My memories of him live inside my heart, as well as in photographs I have of him. It is in his book of poetry, though, that I hear my uncle’s voice.

Old Duke

OLD DUKE

He came to stay one night, how cute!
As he opened up his gym bag,
and exclaimed, “Look Dad, Old DUKE!”
Duke was a dog of colored rag.

But, Duke had so many memories for me
the moment Stephen pulled him out.
It touched my heart as I could see
a clown full son about.

Duke was sewn and patched, but always kept his charm.
He was smuggled to bed at night to share a cozy pad.
Very often hugged and talked to, or carried in the arm,
and loved and always company for a little lad.
– Written by Robert D. Leslie


My inspiration for this particular blog was a photograph of my friend Skye’s son, Caden, cuddling his beloved “Whiskers”, which Skye had posted on her blog.
Seeing that photograph brought back memories of the poem “Old Duke” that Uncle Bob had written so many years ago. Out of all the poetry published in “Days to Remember” that poem has always been my favorite. I went to my bookcase, pulled out this treasured book, reread the poem and decided to share it.

2 Responses to “Old Duke”

  1. Skye

    What a wonderful poem your uncle wrote. I can see how Caden's picture reminded you of it. Glad he could bring back fond memories for you.

    Reply
  2. Ciss B

    That is a totally precious poem. Thank you for directing me to this post. Your Uncle was a talented man.

    Reply

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