A Lucky Love by Chance

Dan and Joan with Shiva in Berkeley


We were both at Long Beach State

Met by chance for a blind date

Each of us was passing through

Looking for something to do


I saw your enchanting smile

And became quite beguiled

Wanting to explore its source

Pulled by your magnetic force

McGrath State Beach Sunset

We strolled down the sandy beach

Afraid I would over reach

Showed many a photo slide

Music for us to collide


We kissed I massaged your skin

Spent the night unrav’lin

I was leaving for Frisco

Asked wouldn’t you like to go?


You smiled and said yes I would

Our eyes and hearts understood

We had touched each other’s heart

Didn’t know we’d never part

Batman Aleksey at Two with Dan 1976

Three children all made us proud

Each gave their best to the crowd

Almost fifty years it’s been

Yes we would do it again!


Happy Birthday

My Dear Joan

Love Dan


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About Daniel C. Lavery

Dan’s writing shows his transformation from a child to an athlete and a Duke pre-ministerial student where he began to question ancient and arbitrary dogma. He graduated from Annapolis, navigated a Navy jet, and a ship to Vietnam, fell in love, turned peace activist and a civil rights lawyer for Cesar Chavez's UFW. His memoir, "All the Difference," describes the experiences, some humorous and others deadly, that changed his consciousness from a pawn to an advocate crusading for justice against some of the most powerful forces in America.

2 thoughts on “A Lucky Love by Chance

  1. I just wrote you a long comment.Loved the poetic tribute to your wife and would like to get your book Making a Difference. I write on behalf of those imprisoned for Amnesty I believe in helping where I can.Today I started tutoring an Iraqui refugee,a lovely woman.Canada hope to allow25,000 in this year and go to a total of 300,000 by 2017
    Like you we have been married a long time- 56 years nowwe met at university when Brian was finishing a PhD in ecology. Since then he has been a plant physiologist in harrow research station and for a year, in Canberra. The whole family wen, i taught and we had a great time.will close as it is late now.
    Blessings on your work and yourgood ideas. I hope USA get a good person as president -maybe a woman?

    • Thanks Jane for your kind words on my website and interest in reading my book.You may purchase All the Difference, in paperback at http://www.amazon.com/All-Difference-Daniel-C-Lavery/dp/1482676532/ Amazon’s Kindle version at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BNXHV9Q If you were here I would gladly sign a copy for you. I just had a book club use All the Difference and they were glad they had chosen it. I have enjoyed your comments on LinkedIn and read them whenever you offer them as they are interesting and show skill in your writing, thinking, and knowledge of history.Yes, we both have been lucky to have a long time partner in life to share our love, raise a family, engage in professions that made a difference in the lives of many, and have three healthy, intelligent children who have established themselves in medicine, green products, and music and have given us five lovely grandchildren. Our best to you and your family.

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