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O friend! - Pakeha to his native land
  on whom the sun sets on an eastern shore -
Fisher King to its sea and rock and sand 
  where long ago we drank and gazed The Tor.
And were each to each a fisher of men
  yet eye to eye we did not always see,
I miss to my joust and parry your fend
  but not your addled pettifoggery!
Truly we are each to each older bound
  so stoke the fire and pause upon the hearth;
think on its flame and its ambient sound -
  how one day it shall perish from the Earth.
O Captain! My Captain! I say to you
the heart is still young and the heart is true.


Pakeha in Maori culture is a person living
In New Zealand of European descent.
The Tor (see pic) is a rocky island outcrop
in the East Coast Bays of Auckland.

Dedicated to my best mate, Craig,
on his 50th birthday.

Note: "Captain" is what we call each other.
A reference from a Walt Whitman poem.

                   June 2010

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Date: 7/15/2017 7:14:00 AM
LOVED this poem, Keith - it was so fresh and precise, and yet hearkened the days of classic, substantive storytelling ... enjoyed everything about this, and hope to read more of your work! Congrats on NINTH PLACE, and thanks so much for entering my contest! :-)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 7/17/2017 3:42:00 AM
I have a friend I call "Captain" as well ... Walt Whitman is my favorite human, and that is a high compliment, indeed!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 7/17/2017 12:04:00 AM
Thanks for my placement, Greg. You're obviously a man of great distinction!
Date: 4/27/2017 8:02:00 AM
A wonderfully-penned dedication... Congrats Keith, for your WIN in the contest!!! ;-)
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Date: 4/25/2017 2:35:00 PM
Very nice tribute to your friend Keith. Congratulations, Cecelia
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 4/25/2017 5:53:00 PM
Thank you most kindly, Cecelia.
Date: 4/25/2017 2:33:00 PM
Congrats on your win, Keith.
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Agnes Krampe
Date: 4/25/2017 6:13:00 PM
But you made the winners list :) That does merit congrats.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 4/25/2017 5:52:00 PM
I didn't win but thanks anyway, Agnes.
Date: 10/14/2015 9:51:00 PM
Nice win. SK
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Date: 10/12/2015 5:14:00 AM
Congrats on a wonderful win Keith!
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Date: 10/10/2015 5:07:00 AM
Congrats. I don't see the word 'pettifoggery' very often. A well written sonnet.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 10/10/2015 8:02:00 AM
Thanks Rob. Yeah, it's one of those wonderful words in the English language that's hardly used anymore - a great pity.
Date: 10/10/2015 2:23:00 AM
Congratulations Keith. Your entry was different and quite unique! Wonderful!
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 10/10/2015 8:04:00 AM
Thanks Connie. Lovely to hear from you.
Date: 10/9/2015 1:37:00 PM
Lovely dedication, Keith.
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Keith Trestrail
Date: 10/10/2015 8:05:00 AM
Cheer James. Glad you liked it.