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One Tolkien Over the Line

He was a writer, a fighter, an old-timer word rhymer
Always thought free verse was asinine
He was the queerest, the dearest, the tear in your beer-est
and he was one Tolkien over the line

He was archaic, prosaic, euphoric, historic
Made pentagrams optically divine
He was the cheekiest, geekiest, and uniquely freakiest
and he was one Tolkien over the line

He loved cigars and Star Wars, guitars, and sitars
Collages made his artistry torch shine
He was the jivest,  high-fivest, young poet alive-est
and he was one Tolkien over the line

It's not much reward to those who are bored
but are afraid of not acting benign
Sometimes you gotta get riled, and go a bit wild 
and step one Tolkien over the line

November 14, 2014


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  1. Date: 11/23/2014 3:51:00 PM

    I see genius in this writing my friend. A great tribute and smooth from start to finish. Definitely a Super 7 and would give this a solid ten if possible! DAMN NICE WRITING!!!!
  1. Date: 11/22/2014 1:38:00 PM

    Okay, I am now a slushy, sloppy, laughing, weeping, snorting, mushy-touchy-touchy mess. This would have been his favourite, its bold humour, rhyme - the whole damn-you flavour mixed with sweetness. Yup. Nailed it. Kisses on both cheeks - Montreal style - from messed-up me. x and x
  1. Date: 11/20/2014 5:21:00 PM

    Thanks for the visit to my page..I am sorry to be so long in responding back..Life has been a little different lately..Sara..I like the rhythm and flow of this one..I am wondering who this person is..
  1. Date: 11/19/2014 5:36:00 PM

    Holy Cow!! I just read Maurice's poem to Chan and saw your comment, so I came to read yours. Exceptional! Im going to repeat "your" comment: This is the best tribute to Chan so far. Excellent job, Roy! I'm going to Fav it!
  1. Date: 11/16/2014 11:51:00 AM

    This was fun Roy. Reminded me of the sixties which were very fun years!
  1. Date: 11/16/2014 7:25:00 AM

    very beautifully crafted piece roy
  1. Date: 11/14/2014 12:52:00 PM

    very clever write Roy I liked the repeated line and rhyme:-) Hugs Jan xx
  1. Date: 11/14/2014 9:39:00 AM

    beautiful, Roy, and clever. hugs, catie :)