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Picture of John J. Rigo, Airman second class, US Air Force, Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia, Age 17, 1959. I will always be young at heart!

Picture of John J. Rigo, Airman second class, US Air Force, Hunter AFB, Savannah, Georgia, Age 17, 1959. I will always be young at heart!

Ernest Hemingway once related
that a man could not live a full life
without many regrets.
Such has life been for me
in over seventy years on the planet.
 
I now realize along the way
many saw my potential for greatness
I never saw what they saw.
 
There were many signs
of pending greatness.
I was too blind to see them
or hear them for that matter.
Even when those signs spoke
loudly to me.
 
I find myself today without
children from my own flesh.
A gift that was begged from
my childhood bride
but I was too stupid to give
at that childlike time in my early life.
 
At the time seeking financial
stability was more important to me.
There are many, many regrets from this time.
 
It seemed in my early youth
starting at 21
women were attracted to me.
I never really understood why.
I never thought of myself
as a good-looking man.
 
Along the way
I was blessed in meeting
and loving very beautiful woman.
 
Even today many of those
moments have not escaped my memory.
A sigh still sounds in my breath 
in recalling them. 
 
If there is truly a hell
in eternity
it is knowing
one can never change
those regrets.
 

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