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If Only For A Little While

Your children only hold your hand For a little while Before they push you away But there’ll come a day When they’ll likely say “Hold my hand, don’t go away” Hold my hand a little longer “Please stay!” “please stay!” …”Please stay”…


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Remember Me Like this

Remember me (like this)… A smile that made your heart Feel lighter A word that made your Day brighter An embrace you only wanted To be tighter Please remember me… Like this Forget the frowns Forget the pouts Forget the downs The angry bouts Forget the times I wasn’t there Forgive me for that Frigid stare and… Remember me like this… A hug whenever you Needed one A back rub… late at night A place to go to When you felt so low A touch that felt So right Remember me… The provider for the family Companion always there Old friend and confidante Cuddly Teddy bear Gentle soul with good intentions A moral man who could not lie Humble man with no pretensions A man you can’t forget, even if you try A stubborn man…I’ll give you this A simple man…tho’ a bit remiss A man always ready with a tender kiss So when, (and if…) you reminisce Please remember me …Like this…


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An Inhuman Presence

(If Poe had one, he might have written thusly) The rhythmic thump ‘gainst the floor That resounds Both day and night That gentle rustle, That familiar bustle That accompanies me Through deepest, darkest night That calms my soul And fills the hole That void that Would otherwise exist Presence there That ne’er E’er, ceases to persist Whose touch I feel And who so insists… That I touch in turn And caress in delight… And whose tail thumps Rhythmically, faithfully (and light) And is the measured metronome That calms hearth, heart and home My canine friend, e’er true blue Who helps me through The deepest…darkest…dreary night


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A Winter Ode

Crisp…Crisp the night! ‘Pon cheeks as white as snow Crazy quilt of rimed patterns Limned upon the window Soft…soft the lacy flakes! Each one unique and new Blanket o’er land and lakes Winter’s take on dew Games…games of Fox and Hound! Pristine drifts of frosting Turned into frigid battlegrounds with Brief truces for time defrosting Steam…cottony steam! Wool mittens too near the flame Cold stiff fingers, white as cream Toes frozen from the game Quiet…Winter quiet! (shhhh) Sounds muffled by the fluff Of snow so deep not e’en a peep Can struggle up through the stuff Smoke…writhing smoke! Reaching for the sky Chimneys breathing, tendrils weaving Rising with a sigh Winter…cold, cold hard winter! Makes Summer wishes come to light Til icicles fall, shatter and splinter …Tis crisp…crisp the night!!!…


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Farewell My Sweet

Passed away this day 11/16/2012 A bright light in our lives That was always so giving Could not have been sweeter Nor softer in manner. To fade into history Will e’er be a mystery Seems the sweetest are chosen O’er all of the rest And whose absence will be felt For e’er so long… We’ll all miss their presence Farewell my beloveds …Twinkies and ding dongs… (at least they went together)


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Just A Touch

Just a touch…nothing more When your fingers Brushed against mine Or was it mine…that touched yours And did it linger For a bit of time Whoever…whatever…it opened the door That touch of fingers That touched my mind And our fate was sealed Kismet was set In that fateful bit of time To me a caress…no more or less That at that time Seemed so sublime Just a touch…that now I miss so much When your fingers Brushed against mine


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Raindrops and Teardrops


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I'll Stay,,,

I’ll stay for as long as you’ll have me At least as long as you have need Until the time comes that you no longer need me Then bid me farewell And Godspeed E’en when I’ve gone I’ll still be close by In the flowers, in the wind… In the Autumn leaves. So if you should ever Have need of me…Again Open your window And let in the breeze


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In Fog and Mist

The spectral glow of a lantern bobbing As if tossed upon a stormy sea Appearing..then fading anon, absorbed In foggy essence, to fade again so feebly Once more, ere sinking in finality Into the quicksand of mist Mere glow of candle, so dear to see Seen now…then not,…with capricious twist The spectral light, drifts through the night As a ghost through fog and mist Through ribs of rain, the tremulous light Chills the brain, befogs the sight Dimly lit, by lanterns in the mist Dark clouds upon the soul this night Fog is the dark abode of lost souls Who wander without rest with lantern high The mist, the breath, of hollow death The fog, the food , on which to subsist Tis best my friend, not to be, nor ne’r to see…. The glow in the fog and mist UNSUPPORTED CODE


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Unspoken Goodbyes

The ones you love Can make you laugh The ones you love Can make you cry The ones you love Can steal away Ere you have the chance To say goodbye Rue not the missed chance To have bid them farewell To have given to them your love Will have served …Just as well…


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