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Goodnight, Sir Thomas

Dear Sir Thomas:

never fly 
too far away.
pious messengers 
cloaked in 
in a bemused 
of rainbow-lit

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

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,
from the cinders 
of a simple
nature like yours
(to camoflauge )
my own 

As for the
brokenhearted -
they silently 

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
of a
solitaire for
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, 
ponder it's memory
for an eternity.

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

Dear Sir Thomas:

An anonymous
spilled my soul
into tomorrow's 
drowning me 
in your 
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 

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!