Some Emptiness Cannot Be Filled

They didn't know that I knew
More than they were aware of

Somehow they wanted to think
I was ignorant and stupid

My grades in school
Didn't impress them

I signed their names on reports
Because they were uninterested

I was the first born
Before they were married

They were never happy
And never knew that I knew

 
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John Patrick Redell worked as a construction engineer in Chicago and 15 other states before leaving an uninspiring group of acquaintances to retire in Door County.  The creative community there helped him retain a sense of a humanity missing in American life today.