My Father Wrote ...
Shortly after my introduction to my younger brother and sisters, the Copeland
family, in the fall of 2006, my sister Marilyn sent a copy of "The Return". It
was a poem written by our Father. At Christmas of 2007 Marylyn assembled a book
of his compositions.
They have given me an insight into the father I never knew and I share some
of them on these pages.
I publish them here as the property of my Copeland brother and sisters and,
as his children, they retain the copyrights on the works of Alden J Copeland.
You may link to these pages but may not copy or publish his work in any
media without their expressed permission.
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In Grandpa's Life
The introduction (above) was by my sister, Marilyn Copeland,
and is included in the book she prepared as a 2007 Christmas gift for myself and
her other siblings, Irene Copeland, Rita Barilla and John Copeland. These
poems, stories and essays were discovered by Alden Copeland's family after his
death in 1967 in the attic of their home. The papers were in poor condition but
Marilyn has carefully transcribed them and added appropriate graphics and photos
for these pages.
I respectfully disagree with Marilyn in her assessment of
their worthiness for publication and present them to the world on these web
pages. They have indeed been important to me as a way for me to know the dad I
had not previously known. Thanks Marilyn.
Note - April, 2009:
An email from John A Prime, informed us that one of the poems we had attributed
to our father was actually written by someone else and had indeed been
published. Marilyn then checked and found that there were at least two others
that were not written by him. We have noted the error in authorship for these
but kept them here as works which were treasured by our father and probably
inspired him to write others. We sincerely believe we have corrected all errors
of authorship but will make further corrections if we become aware of other