“Gold Star Mother”


The “Gold Star Mother” – 50 plus years ago

We sailed across the Narrows
before the bridge came on the scene
when I was only twenty
and you were seventeen

aboard the “Gold Star Mother”
that took us cross the bay
I never saw so many stars
 that prom night long ago in May

We stood together at the bow
tuxedo, formal dress aplomb
kissing in the gentle breeze
dreaming of our life to come.

It seemed that we were flying
our feet were off the ground
just like in the movie
that too was yet to come.

We didn’t sail a mighty ship
across the ocean sea
but I was Leo, you were Kate
long before they were to be.





About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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2 Responses to “Gold Star Mother”

  1. beetleypete says:

    A touching memoir of your prom night, Frank. Even better that it all worked out as you hoped it might, and you had many happy years together.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. toritto says:

    Indeed it did. It was her graduation and prom – May 1963.



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