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Goodnight, Sir Thomas

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Goodnight, Sir Thomas

Dear Sir Thomas:

Angels 
never fly 
too far away.
Cherubs
are 
pious messengers 
cloaked in 
ribbed-serpentine
streamers;
bathing 
themselves
in a bemused 
shower
of rainbow-lit
banderoles.

Stifled 
in an unseen
internal silence -
a clandestine court 
of guardians;
our private angels,
unassumingly,
fold their 
winged extremities
and gloriously 
chant messianic
chorales without an 
operatic note
perceived.

No gestures.
Nothing mumbled.
The chosen few...
we know better.
 
Dear Sir Thomas:

Weren't we
uproarious then?
Biting our lips
and neurotically 
watching re-runs 
of Laugh-In;
it reassembled
our gamed hurt.
It provided us 
with focus,
but now - I'm
acting as a 
disguised charlatan,
borrowing 
strength
from the cinders 
of a simple
nature like yours
(to camoflauge )
my own 
internal 
disfiguration.

As for the
brokenhearted -
they silently 
weep. 

Dear Sir Thomas:

Our heads are
turned towards
your smiling face.
Remind us not
about an 
unspoken unwanting
or a silent forgetting -
yet submerge us in 
the rememberance of
continued happiness.
The grins you
spread upon our brows -
were instantaneous
and infectious.

Your wonder.
Your magic -
irrigates our
veins like a
remembered
shuffle 
of a
whispered
solitaire for
two.
Happiness -
you reminded us 
not to forget about -
the enjoyable 
outcome of an
upturned frown.
For it is our time -
it is 
our moment...
to grasp 
a minute 
in our hands,
within a second, 
and
ponder it's memory
for an eternity.

We all trip 
upon stupidity.
We all shoot
and
stumble upon 
the benign.

Dear Sir Thomas:

An anonymous
angel
spilled my soul
into tomorrow's 
chalice 
drowning me 
in your 
splendid
miraculous dreams.
For that 
special invitation -
I wipe away my 
prayer-filled tears
and thank you -
as you now romp 
within an angelic entourage
of embraced 
enchantment.


Goodnight, Sir Thomas.



In memory of a dear poet and friend - Thomas Bell

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  1. Date: 3/3/2012 6:44:00 AM
    John, a very touching dedication.. Congratulations on your poem featured this week...have a Nice one...pd

  1. Date: 2/27/2012 3:54:00 PM
    Congrats John on your poem "Goodnight, Sir Thomas" being featured this week. Vince

  1. Date: 2/27/2012 6:06:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/13/2010 7:11:00 AM
    I am feeling the urge to go back and read poetry from earlier writing of my favorite poets today and this is the one I opened of yours John. I truly enjoyed reading it again today and it is one of your best. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/23/2010 9:19:00 AM
    This is still one of my favorite poems written by you John. Still miss our friend also. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 6:43:00 AM
    Congratulations John. You wrote well! Your “Angels” contest entry, Good Night Sir Thomas" is among the winners! 3rd Place!!!Not only did you do a great job letting your creativity flow, but you were you speedy enough to enter (LOL Sadly, I missed entering it). Keep up the good writing. SMILES… Dane Ann

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 6:49:00 PM
    Congrats on your win John. Well done!

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 6:22:00 PM
    John, he must have been quite a friend and poet to merit this stunning tribute. Congrats on your win! Andrea

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 5:09:00 PM
    Congratulations on your third place win in my contest, Angels, with this beautiful poem.. I was so impressed at the length of the poem and the time it must have taken you to create this piece.

  1. Date: 8/5/2009 8:31:00 AM
    I am reading my favorite poems today and just wanted to let you know this is still a favorite to me John. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/17/2008 10:06:00 PM
    John Heck, your talent with the pen is remarkable. I didn't know Tom but now I wish I did. Your contest on 'movies' had instructions...who knew? haha. I've never entered a contest before this one and I had no clue that the little click on the top left was for viewing contest requirements. I'll check it out next time I enter one. Your poem Goodnight, Sir Thomas left me feeling grateful for your inspired description of true friendship. It is amazing, awesome, sad and loving. Wonderful write

  1. Date: 7/4/2008 6:57:00 PM
    Wow, an amazing, amazing tribute to Tom. You are so extremely talented. I tried to email you with your request, but after two emails, received no reply, but I did try. I don't really know what was going on, lol. I hope everything is okay in your life right now. As always, your work is spectucaluar and leaves me in awe.-Sara

  1. Date: 6/14/2008 1:53:00 PM
    Always a pleasure, John. I won't comment...the only Sir Thomas I've ever known anything about was Sir Thomas Beecham, hardly a viewer of "Laugh in." Thing is, I've known magnanimous characters who might fit. As usual, your command is marvelous. BIG LOVE, Austin

  1. Date: 6/11/2008 1:37:00 AM
    May Sir tom rest in heavenly peace!