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As If He Knew

He loved
his sisters and nephews and nieces
his friends, his enemies and Skittles
Neil Young and Hendrix and Dylan
LSU, the Astros, the Saints
crab boils and back-yard basketball
running the roads with his buddies...

Yes he loved
many things and hated very few
Like sitting up late and talking
about good music and bad movies
about prancing, primping pre-madonnas
about good and evil and wrong and right
about God, the Universe and human folly
about the why and when and what and where
with insight that defied his young years
as if he knew...

Oh yes he loved
trying anything he never tried
trying, almost desperately trying
to cram a whole lifetime
into twenty-one years...

Oh how he loved, oh how he laughed
Oh how he sparkled and shined...

(Yet it was that faint tint of sadness,
a tiny shake of the head, a far-off look
as if he knew...)

For Daniel Ryerson
3/24/1980 - 4/9/2001

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  1. Date: 6/16/2015 12:12:00 PM
    ....I cannot read this without crying. I am so very sorry Tim; just dreaming of losing one of my girls has me inconsolable. I am glad to have you in my life Tim Ryerson.

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    Date: 6/16/2015 12:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks dear lady...I treasure our friendship
  1. Date: 4/2/2014 8:29:00 PM
    I can't help by shed a tear, when faced with such loss, one can only hope that God adopted him, I do believe the day we die and the day we are born is already pre-destined, thank you for sharing this poem with me, I'll call it a night, and sleep with his image in my mind, good night dear man, I've been honored by your presence, good night xx

  1. Date: 2/14/2014 1:29:00 PM
    That is such a wonderful write, and dedication to your son! A very moving piece and so well written! Thank you for sharing this one, Tim! Precious!

  1. Date: 11/25/2013 2:43:00 PM
    Oh Cher it sounds like James Dean were you describing a real person? Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/20/2013 9:48:00 PM
    Tim, . Congratulations, thank you for the lovely entry. Goodnight. Luv~LINDA

  1. Date: 10/10/2013 5:34:00 PM
    wow...this is beautiful and can feel the sadness as it lingers through your words...he sounds like he was an awesome son...great tribute to him :)

  1. Date: 6/19/2013 4:41:00 PM
    Dear Tim A beautiful tribute poem. Wish their were words to say that would console. He does live on in these words of love and remembrance. Congratulations. SuZ

  1. Date: 6/13/2013 6:07:00 PM
    Great Write! I loved the way you finished this piece most of all. congrats Kim

  1. Date: 3/28/2013 7:07:00 AM
    I just love this poem. Those final lines are really loaded. Great poem.

  1. Date: 3/1/2013 1:39:00 AM
    Great write..there..beautiful :-)

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 12:48:00 PM
    This is a fantastic write, Tim! Congrats on your win! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 7:13:00 AM
    Amazing write... To the point and very powerfully written... I read it twice.

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 9:03:00 AM
    Powerful Tim and true of so many!

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 3:17:00 AM
    A very good poem to send to the contest and you won! - Congratulations! - Have a lovely new week! - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 9:36:00 PM
    Tim, , thank you for SUPPORTING MY NEWEST contest...CONGRATULATIONS on your awesome win ;-) LINDA

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 3:23:00 PM
    Wonderful write Tim exquiste Cher, & there's no time like the present to go back to college? Light & Love

  1. Date: 2/23/2013 7:47:00 PM
    Tim this is a wonderful but heart wrenching it twice..reads like a eulogy. Lovely...sorry if it is a real loss in your life....donna

  1. Date: 2/23/2013 4:55:00 PM
    Ahh!! Very expressive and emotive work.. A twist to the end that is unexpected..Enjoyed reading this one today...I hope that the signs of spring come to you soon..I like the long thin lines of the Cranes..I like the caws of the crows..The Great Blues silent floating in...I have never seen an Eagle in real life that must be a magnificent sight..We see the Ring Tail Hawk here..They are a beauty in flight..Thanks for stopping by..Sara

  1. Date: 2/23/2013 3:18:00 PM hits me with such emotion and much like my own sons, twists my heart into a knot. I can feel how deeply this pain must be, one that will never go away. I do hope sharing it can help to cushion it gently.....little by little. :)