Dear Friends, a dedication

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Jim
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I have never been moved to write poetry before, nor have I ever displayed any talent for such. But my Dad lies gravely ill and I fear his loss like I have never feared anything else. The following is my amateurish attempt to pay hommage to him, to express my feelings.

The impending death of a person so close to me has never occured before so I am on uncharted waters, adrift and alone.

I'm sure that those of you with any knowledge or talent for poetry can find many flaws in what follows, but please forgive my self-indulgence.

Dear Friends

Now I've walked these long shores, these many long years,
And seen a few things of which I may tell.
But ne'er a tale did I e'er utter,
That showed me the end of my road.
So I tell ye all here of my greatest fear,
I have stood on the brink of the Abysss and peered into it's depths,
And I have peered at my own mortality.
No man on this Earth, no matter his strength,
Can ever defeat such an opponent.
For three score and ten, or maybe a bit longer,
Will he fend off the inexorable Fate of his Foe.
But in the end, he will fail, it's sure,
Under the ultimate blow that will take him.
But until that day he may roam here and speak of,
His will, his love, and his spirit.
Let him love a fair maiden, good bread and good wine,
And sing out his soul without fear.

So!
Come on! ye old whores,
And come on! ye old sailors!
Let's drink! And let's sing of our loves.
Come on ye old maties!
And come ye old foes!
For in the end we are all equal.
Life deals us our fates,
But nothing so final,
As the fate of our Ultimate Foe.

So!
Come on! my old lover,
Come on! my old enemy!
Let us dance this night, and forever.
For in the morn, I shall be gone,
Ne'er to drift on these seas e'er more.
Sail your fine ships!
Sail off into glory,
But sail away without me.
For my tale is told,
My wine mug stands drained.
Dear friends, this is the end of my story.
 
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Thanks for sharing PC... May he go peacefully and bravely to a better place.
 
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Poetry that comes from a place like this has no flaws, but it was truely beautiful.

I am so sorry you are going through this, and I'm sure we would all say, if you need us you can call on us at any time.
 
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Jim
Poetry is a song from our hearts expressing all emotions not just joy and love! Your writings about your Father are exceptional and are now cast in stone for all eternity. They will touch many who will read!

Take Care of yourself my friend for you are in a special place in time at this moment and you are carrying a very large burden!

Dave
 

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Jim
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Terry, Lisa and Dave:

Thanks for the kind words and especially to you, Dave, who has been kind and caring enough to take the time to email me and keep in touch during this most upsetting time.

I'm obviously no poet but TSG has offered me a place to cry out. I thank you all.
 
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Jim, as a poem, I'm impressed. Obviously the personal element brings it to a different more important place.
My thoughts are with you.
Steve.
 
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That is incredably well written. I have been in your place before, and I wish I was able to express myself in that way.
All the best to you and yours during this time, and know you have so much support.
Take care, Curt
 
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Just pray he goes fast... and it causes little or no pain to him :(

Very nice poetry, I'm sure he's proud to have a son like you ;)
 

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Tee-dub, Melissa and cloe: You are all special friends and I am used to your kind thoughts! That's what makes you special!

Steve, gib, mike: I've always enjoyed all your posts; very intelligent and thougtful men all. Keep posting!

Curt and Keithman: I've only seen a few of your posts, as I haven't had the heart to fully participate here lately, but your kind words for me, whom you hardly know, is especially appreciated.

websurfer: I don't have to tell you how I feel. Chatting with you on AIM always gives me a laugh and cheers me up. Thank you Confucius!
 

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