Yoakum poet honors military with verse
Nov. 10, 2010 at 5:10 a.m.
Updated Nov. 11, 2010 at 5:11 a.m.
YOAKUM - Poet David Dominguez wants the men and women of the Armed Forces to know they are appreciated.
He penned "Great American Heroes," a tribute to America's military and firefighters, inspired in part by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 almost 10 years ago.
"I asked God to help me write something to bring honor and thanks to our great American heroes all over the world who protect our country," he said.
"They have to leave their families behind. They don't know if they are coming back or not," he said. "I wanted to thank them for their dedication."
The poem reads, in part, "If destiny has it and you should not return, be of good cheer my brave warriors for your soul shall be the Lord's concern."
He has printed small posters of the poem accompanied by a sketch of soldiers, a firefighter and the Statue of Liberty.
Dominguez, 48, was working as a construction foreman in 1998 when he was hit by a car and disabled.
"I was crossing the road near the beach when he hit me," he said. "It broke my neck."
He was in the hospital for three months, then spent more time in a rehab facility.
"I have feelings in my arms and legs and can do everything but walk," he said. "You never get used to being in a wheelchair, you just learn to live with it."
Dominguez, whose pen name is El Romantica (The Love Angel), has been writing poetry about seven years.
He is also proud of his poem "The Proposal," which has been recognized in several poetry contests.
"It's my dream to be known as one of the greatest romantic poets in the world," he said. "When I write something beautiful, it's what I want to say to the next woman of my dreams."