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For 'Ol Tom Bell --Repost

Reposted tribute to Mr. Tom Bell, as per Christy's call for all who had the pleasure of 
knowing Tom to write a poem for him. :)




How is it that someone can touch
Your very soul,
Without ever having met 
Face to face?

How is it that my heart lies shattered
Upon this desolate plane
Without ever having seen the cause
For its breaking?

How can I put into words 
What I am feeling,
When my red heart that writes,
Is now cold and blue with regret?

You called upon me to share
A past, funny remembrance you penned –
(A bad day at the eye doctor's)
And I swear to you, I tried to find it!
But your long, Tom list of heart words daunted me…
And after a few pages. I gave up.
I told you this, and you tried again to show me
But this dumb blonde just could not find it…

Until now.

I searched and searched until it was found.

It took me until you passed
To read the poem you wished to share,
And man, is it funny!

You had me laughing and crying
At the same time!

I left you a comment
That you will never read –
And my heart cries for being too late.
It is now, and forever will be
on my Favorites list.
I want you to know how much I love
(And will forever miss)
Your true Tom Tales…

Your words brought your kind soul to light;
Your voice wrapped itself around
My heart like vines,
Baring the most beautiful
Laughing blooms.

I am honored to have met your soul, 
And called you friend;
Thank you for listening to my trials and life story,
And for all of your wise advice.
You were the strongest man I have ever known -
You inspired me to shine.

So how is it that someone can touch a soul 
Without ever having met 
Face to face?

Ah, for here, 
Within words –
Within poetry, we meet
Within hearts, where our souls
Dance,
For a moment,
As one
Upon a page of
Pain, love, dreams, hurts, strengths, hopes, fears, and
True Tom Tales –

Thank God for poetry,
And for those we share it with.

Suddenly, all my troubles
Don’t feel so important now.
See? You are teaching me even now,

How to LIVE!

Because you just never know, do you?

You reminded me all we have is today,
This now – and I love you for that.

Rest easy my friend,
Where there is only love
And poetry spoken by angels…





Tom, dear - I will miss you more than words can express, your were strong 
beyond words...fare thee well friend, peace has found you at last. XOXO

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  1. Date: 11/25/2009 10:01:00 AM
    Kristin - congrats on your wonderful featured poem this week. Rgds Janette

  1. Date: 11/23/2009 7:52:00 PM
    Interesting poem. Congratulations on your being featured this week. Happy Thanksgiving! Love, Iolanda

  1. Date: 11/23/2009 2:27:00 PM
    I remember Tom Bell his words were so touching both in his poetry and his comments. An excellent tribute Kristin. Congratulations on having it featured this week. Smiles from Lolita

  1. Date: 11/23/2009 11:58:00 AM
    Many congratulations on your poetry being shared with us this week Kristin >> James

  1. Date: 11/23/2009 8:44:00 AM
    Congratulations on your excellent poetry being featured this week Kristin. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/23/2009 3:11:00 AM
    Excellent write and well deserving selection for being featured this week. Best wishes and keep writing. A. W. Nutter www.freewebs.com/abcedit

  1. Date: 11/23/2009 12:30:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week Kristin.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 11/22/2009 5:37:00 PM
    So long after you wrote this, it still moves me to tears. Beautiful! WE MISS YOU KRISTIN!

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 12:05:00 PM
    What a fitting tribute to Tom Kristen he would be very proud as i am sure he was to call you his friend, I haven't written my tribute yet but plan to shortly. Take care and have a very merry christmas.xx

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 10:37:00 AM
    Kirsten, it is a great pleasure for me to read your work your use of language: the manner, in which you control it in order to make it do what you want, is perfectly demonstrated here. You use emotion here is a very controlled and exacting manner. With a line such as ‘How is it that my heart lies shattered . . ‘; that seems mawkish and clumsy, you rescue it in order for it to express something that (assuming) you feel and something that the reader can appreciate.

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 7:43:00 AM
    A wonderful tribute to a very special friend... '...wrapped itself...like vines' is such an evocative phrase. Heartfelt and sincere... Well done! Love, Keith

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 7:09:00 AM
    Kristin....you have the gift of bringing us to such emotion. Even those of us who were not here, who were not fortunate enough to have known him, are so moved and touched by this tribute.....just as looking back to his poetry, touches my heart. He was funny and sweet, I know that, yet I didn't know him. He left such a gift. You honor him. ! Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 6:18:00 AM
    You have such a gift of expression, this has me so emotional, I am just beside myself. There are no words Kristin, to tell you how beautiful this is. I know Tom is loving it, and I know he read your comment, just somehow he did. Thank you for such a heartfelt tribute to our dear friend, and thanks to Christy for her beautiful idea. Love you, Shar xoxo

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 4:56:00 AM
    Awesome write Kristin. He is smiling at this one. Thanks for the comments on my daddy poem...your comment had me laughing...you are a winner. Much love, Chris.

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 4:32:00 AM
    Tom is loving this write...God bless your precious heart for this amazing Tom filled write....thank you for remembering our wonderful friend of many talents....I will cherish this write.and it will be framed for all to read.......always, Christy

  1. Date: 12/17/2008 4:26:00 AM
    I never knew Tom but this brought me to tears...oh, and now I am going to read his work and you know what...I will comment on them, because I bet he will read them still, as I am sure he is up there and has read this....Love and hugs, Christie