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What the Current Takes

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What the Current Takes

A boy at the river, with his best friend
Decides to swim across
The river is wide, but he's done it before
So he tells his ole buddy to stay
But almost across, he looks back and sees
His friend has come to save him
Frantically swimming, swimming and screaming, the boy tries to save his savior
But the more that he swims, the farther away
The current takes his old pal
His screams are in vain and his tears are concealed
By the river's muddy swell
And the rise has taken his friend ... down ... to a sandy grave

Many years have passed since that day
Yet still, there hangs a frown
He'll never forget, the pain that he felt
When he watched his best friend drown

4-12-13 (Empty tissue box contest)
*For my dog, Jomers ... a true companion that I miss to this day
--I'm sorry I let you down old buddy

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  1. Date: 4/19/2013 1:08:00 PM
    8( How very sad... This definitely deserved a win. Way to go!

    Breidenthal Avatar Laura Breidenthal
    Date: 4/19/2013 1:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Always, Laura ;)
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 5:47:00 AM
    Beautiful and sad too. Congrats on your win. Well deserved.

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:23:00 AM
    Lol., a tribute to your dog... Congrats on your interesting win.

    Smith Avatar Caleb Smith
    Date: 4/19/2013 6:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Lol? Hmm...I take it you don't care much for dogs...haha
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 11:45:00 PM
    I am not surprised to see this wonderful poem in the winners circle. Congratulations Caleb!

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 7:29:00 PM
    Caleb, Congratulations in Craig's "Empty Tissue Box " contest;-) always~ PD

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 4:49:00 PM
    way to go caleb excellent win

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 12:50:00 PM
    You have a good heart Caleb...congrats...

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 7:22:00 AM
    Congratulations, Caleb! I knew this would be a winner!!

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 7:02:00 PM
    So sad! If the dog couldn't do it I'm surprised YOu are alive! I'm glad you are ..friend..Congrad's on Your win, Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 5:50:00 PM
    Oh caleb, how sad, your buddy. Nice job telling the tale. I think I can find you another friend the rescues are all full out here.

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 2:32:00 PM
    Oh dear....losing a pet this way, would be forever a sad memory. Well written, Caleb! Congratulations

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 10:19:00 AM
    Caleb, not surprised to find you here, did this really happen? Could never forget!

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 2:14:00 AM
    You surprised me for I thought the "best friend" was a human being originally. Being an animal lover I can relate to your pain... I remember having to put my first dog down because of constant seizures. I know he's just an animal, but it was a very sad day for me! Though this is a bit different for you felt that you could save him... may he always be a warm memory for you to look back on!

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 1:29:00 PM
    You didn't let him down, I don't believe. You both did what you had to do, the best way you both knew how. A very touching piece... Jack

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 12:06:00 PM
    empty box now Caleb xx

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 11:37:00 AM
    This is so sad, great for the contest. I know what it feels like . i had a little puppy once, he only lived 5 months.One day someone stole him from our back yard. We looked everywhere, but could not find him. fuor days later he came back, but was not the same any more. Two ys later he died. I cried a lot Good luck in the contest.... Lucilla

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 8:00:00 AM
    Sorry for the loss of your old friend. I'm glad you didn't drown with your dog. Very touching piece.

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 11:01:00 PM
    A heart wrenching write about one who will never be forgotten. Beautifully poignant write!

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 6:15:00 PM
    What the current takes is a great title. This is an allegory for many situations. I have enjoyed visiting very much dear poet. You have talent and authenticity and a great sense of realism. Thank-you for all of this.

  1. Date: 4/13/2013 1:23:00 PM
    - A brave boy who did his best to save his best friend! - Terrible losing his "best friend" in such a heartbreaking way. - A very sad, but a nice memory to Jomers. - Luck in contest Caleb ! - oxox// Anne-Lise ;..(