Angels - Dedication and Poem


Sergeant Alex Kaczmarczyk


"The receding curtain of rain . . .began moving back toward us, against the wind . . . as if a great and omnipotent hand moved it."

They learn man's impotence, who long adrift

In loneliness of space find seas and skies

To charts unknown, where sullen dawns are swift

But bring no hope to aching, straining eyes;

Yet they found faith to ask for rain to heal

Their thirst, and saw how passing clouds were stayed

As if God stooped to heed their faint appeal

And the waters heard and the waves obeyed.

Father, we plead that peace may come like rain

In Thy good time to our beloved land;

Grant us the strength to work, and thus sustain

The faith to know a mighty, unseen hand

Still guides our destiny; and as we pray

May rain's soft mercy bring a better day.

John Hooks

Chicago Tribune


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know where I can get a copy of that book. Have picture from United Presbyterian dated August 16,1943 sign by him and in that is my Uncle Captain Farris US Army Chaplin.

1:59 PM  
Blogger Persnickety said...

To the best of my knowledge, Angels is out of print. That's actually why I posted it - because it's not available and it's too good to be allowed to disappear.

If it was available, I'd probably have lawyers swooping down on me for copyright violations, but hopefully I'm legal since it's so old and not in any sort of reprint that I'm aware of. I nosed around before I posted the book, but couldn't find that the original publishers were still around, let alone the book.

You could actually try putting it on an Amazon.com wish list, and/or e-bay search. You may get lucky and come across someone with an old copy. They'll probably charge a small fortune, though.

How exiting, to have signed copies and ancestors related to this!

Best of luck to you in your search!

3:59 AM  
Blogger Persnickety said...

I take it back! Looks like it has become available since I posted this. $8.95, and probably typo free!


4:18 AM  

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