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The Path

This author is a recipient

of the Sigma Tau Delta Award

Sigma Tau Delta Awarde

The path of life shows clearly on his face,

with bumps and bruises fully as he goes.

As trumpets fade now, slowly goes his pace.

Lo, from when he wore a younger man’s clothes. 

Cascading thoughts of yesterdays abound.

When brave men stood while others chose to hide. 

With tear drops falling on the hallowed ground,

the path of life cut short for those that died. 

So once per year protected men repent

the loss of those that gave it all for them. 

The men that chose to pay for freedoms rent,

forgotten through most days, but not by THEM!

Though epic fights and legends rarely fade,

A hero lives forever in the shade.


Joe Murphy ('75) is the author of Scouting Uncovered, a book about his life in pro baseball, and The Last Vietnam Veteran, fiction based on facts and stories from his tour in 1968. Both books are available at Joe was a head baseball coach for SAU when it was still SAC. He lives in Des Moines, IA and is retired from John Deere and Major League Baseball. GO BEES!


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