My Legacy Poem (because I sat in her seat)


I went back to the “D”, to see what I could see.

The “D” is for Detroit, the Motor City, the home of Motown.

I discovered that working on the assembly line, was not for me.

I went back to the city, to visit and to see, a little bit, of history.

The Henry Ford Museum is full of cars.

But I got excited, when I saw the BUS.


I shouldn’t say, but I wanted you to know, before I go.

I won’t lie, about all the books I’ve read.

And I’m still reading, cause I’m not dead.

It’s because of them, that I’ve really grown.

And these are the words, that they have sown.

I have finally reached, a PARTICULAR age,

And I’m about to reach, a SPECTACULAR stage.

I’m not really looking, for fortune and fame,

Sometimes I’m just glad, I remember, my name.

Maybe an attitude of gratitude, has kept me around.

I’m got to do something, before they put me in the ground.

These words have come from many places,

From various times, and different spaces.

I’m just hope, that I have listened to the right crowd.

Listening to Giants and Legends, shouldn’t be wrong,

In FACT, I know, they made me strong.

When my time comes, and I have to go,

I just wanted you to know,

I’m GOING, to leave something behind.

When all the thoughts have left my mind,

It’s not about the money and the gold,

I gotta, leave something GOOD, for your soul.

Writing and rhyming, never gets old.

It helps to have fun, and it’s fun to be bold.

I’m having a ball, and that ain’t all

I’m DEFINITELY, leaving something behind. 

I sat in the seat, that started it all.

They got rid of the rust, and wiped it all down.

Rosa was her name, and now she wears a crown.

She left a legacy, now everyone knows her fame.

She took a stand, by staying in her seat!

I sat in her actual seat.

And I thought, WOW, this was neat!

Hidden Figures, seemed to reveal what’s real,


Reading, writing and “higher math”, IS a good deal.

If I don’t write my story, no one else will.

I’m writing to leave something behind.

Mom was about survival, I’m about arrival.

She left a legacy, that will be hard to beat.

She survived it all and stayed on her feet.

Working until she was 85, was really bold.

She took the bus to work, even in the Detroit Cold.

Dad was rough, and it made me tough,

I could have gone left, but I stayed right.

And because of them both, I continue the fight.

That’s why, I GOT, to leave something behind.

When I give you my card with my link, I give you part of my soul.

The business may have changed, but the logo never gets old.

The little scrappy kid from the DETROIT, East side of town,

Finally grew up, and YES, I got around.

I’ve been to seven different countries, on three separate continents.

Some of it was due, to working for Uncle Sam,

Air Force and Army was more that, just a game.

It became a part of my name.

Then some of the travel was due,

To just who I am, and WHAT, I do.

Life is a big adventure, and I just had to get away.

I escaped the auto plant, to discover the world.

How can I be, the “Duke of Earl”, without expanding my world?

Sure, some of it was for, the “call of duty”,

And some was to just view, THE BEAUTY.

I’ve seen the desert sand in Africa, and the snow peaks of Europe.

I missed the battle in the jungle, but I crossed the Atlantic more than twice.

When you go to the library, you see a lot of books,

When you visit my blog, you’ll see my various looks.

That was how, I PLANNED to leave, something behind.

But once it’s in the cloud, you got to have the link.

Lose the link, and you will never know, HOW I think.

Writing a book, is no easy task,

But once written, the thoughts will last.

Standing in the Shadows, Listening to the Greats!!!

Will bear my name. And who knows, maybe I’ll see some fame.

That’s how I will leave something behind, so stay tuned!

I plan to publish before this June.

Before I finally let you go,

There’s one thing I got to know.

What are you going to do with the time you have left?

“The greatest stories will never be told. They are buried in the graveyards, along with all the people who never told their story.” Oscar, Tony, and Emmy Award winner, Viola Davis.

Earl E. Hackett – Writer, Blogger, Author


Author: hackettglobalmarketing14

I'm a two time military veteran (Air Force & US Army). I started blogging to keep my mind active after 40+ years of work. I joined the Air Force to escape the auto assembly line in Detroit. I went to Libya North Africa where Col. Muammar Graddafi was forcing the closure of the base there. The base commander, Col. Daniel "Chappie" James kept a lid on the situation. I was later commissioned in the Army, and "Chappie" became the first African American Four Star General for the Air Force. Blogging just opened up the flood gates. Standing in the Shadows, Listening to the Greats!!! will be my blog novel. If you don't write your story who will?

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