Gran'Pa Downie was a wizened, wise, old sage
Who's needs were few, his wants even less.
With a huge bald head, both forearms bowed,
His spine was so calcified it bent him forward
Making him unable to look up without sitting down.
His Scottish brogue, heavy RRRs, spoke of his birth.
His physical look was not him; he was truly a sage.
This ship's joiner, carpenter, traveled Cape Town,
South Africa to home port, Glasgow, Scotland.
His disfigured physical features developed from,
We thought, deficiencies in his diet during long
Trips at sea aboard tramp steamer cargo ships.
Is one born a sage or does it slowly develop
Through adversity during a health decline ?
Or does Man temper, as steel from iron does,
When it's super heated molecules implode
Making them much stronger through firing ?
From this sage we find his strength in words.
Gran'Pa said :
" A good job is it's own reward ."
" Please measure twice so you must cut just once ."
"A job worth doing is a job worth doing well ."
"I don't care ! " - "Just is not a good answer ."
For My Grandfather, Andy Grey Downie,
In Loving Remembrance,
Ronald C . Downie