Grandpa Was a Poet (And I Didn’t Even Know It)

See what I did there? 😎

Still going through Grandpa B. J. Lincecum’s photos and such, and still discovering things I did not know. For instance, he had a way with words. Especially when it came to rhyming in light poetry.

Most of the examples I found were from the time period of Grandpa’s service in the US Air Force, or afterwards, during the time he was with the Cape Girardeau, Missouri Police Department.

— March 1975, Joe Lincecum

Here are a few examples of Grandpa’s creativity.

A Holiday Thought by TSgt B. J. Lincecum

We hope and pray that “sixty four”
Will bring us all good cheer.
We pray that all the world may be
Relieved of strife and fear.

We all should be quite thankful for
Our rights to come and go,
There’s no “Big Brother” watching us
And no Passports to show.

It’s time to count your blessings,
Giving thanks for one and all.
Remember, many people live
In fear behind a wall.

So as you see the happiness
Around you on this day
Remember those who gave their all
That we could live this way.

Conscience by SSgt B. J. Lincecum

There is an old saying,
“Let your conscience be your guide,”
But you cannot measure conscience,
With a ruler, or a slide.

This proverb, is alright as such,
With one or two big “ifs,”
There’s a difference in the minds of men,
It’s not given as a gift.

It’s a thing that you must cultivate
From childhood to the grave,
Until “right” is such a habit,
You are, your conscience’s slave.

This final one’s a bit of a heavier subject. Seems to have been written about 1978.

Ode to “Pig” by B. J.

Many times, they call us names,
Such things as “Dirty Pig,”
They badger, gripe and criticize
with other verbal digs.

But let an accident occur,
A riot, fight, or brawl
then who they call to break it up
they sure don’t mind at all.

To dial the number 911
and shriek “send the Police,”
Another cop may risk his neck
and just to keep their peace.

Yes “Pig,” some people call us,
So think about it friend
We make the bed we lie in
on this you can depend.

For every person we abuse
With words or overt action
You add another to the group
The ever growing faction.

That group that always call us “Pig”
But wait, do not despair
Each time you hear this put-down
And want to pull your hair,

Ignore that connotation,
Go out and make a friend
Show all you have compassion
And soon you’ll change the trend,

From references of “Dirty Pig,”
kind words you can expect
Be firm, but fair with everyone
Good deeds will bring respect.

Visit Billy Joe Lincecum’s page in the Lincecum Lineage database.

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