Gary W. Hilburger

TO A FRIEND
A Poet and United States Marine

His labors long of day
in blissful dusk now end.
So we raise our glass
in thanks and praise
for his voice, his verse and pen.

For one could do no worse
than quench the noble thirst
to uplift the lives of embattled mortal men.
For we know not if, or when,
so great a gift of a guy named Sal
might come and stay,
or pass this way again.

Semper Fi, Buddy

Author’s Note: In memory of Salvatore J. Parlato, Jr: a Friend, Poet, and United States Marine