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Blog Posted:4/27/2018 7:09:00 PM

We have lost one of our own. Just learned on Facebook that Tim Ryerson has passed. I have no details. We were great poet pals here and had lots of fun commenting on each other's humorous poems. Rest In Peace, buddy. I'm sure you'll have them rolling with laughter up there. Cyndi MacMillan suggested I post the poem below, one of his best and quite fitting.

Tim Ryerson Poem

 

I Recall

 

I recall a dirty sidewalk

running in front of grandma's house

with bumps and cracks from the roots

of ancient white oaks

 

Meandering down to the levee

with cane poles and sack lunches

crickets and freshly dug earth worms

Barefoot in careless summers

 

I recall one low spot 

beneath a straggly Chinaberry 

filled with pitch-black delta dirt

washed in by summer rains

Shuffling through and digging down

burying our toes

 

Often now I recall

when the heavens are shrouded in grief

when darkness closes at the edge of vision

I recall a porch light flicking on in the distance

I recall grandma’s trembling soprano calling

calling me back home

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Date: 4/30/2018 12:55:00 PM
Maybe all his friends here can go to his memorial page the one FJ sent the link for below.
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Date: 4/29/2018 7:57:00 PM
I hope his family gets to see how much he was loved by other poets! A dear man, a friend who will be greatly missed.
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FJ Thomas
Date: 4/29/2018 8:18:00 PM
He suffered so much loss; his family was his world. I hope you're right Debbie ~Flo
Date: 4/29/2018 7:05:00 PM
A link to his obituary http://hosting-23056.tributes.com/obituary/show/Timothy-Hugh-Ryerson-106054489
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 4/29/2018 8:02:00 PM
Thanks EJ
Date: 4/29/2018 6:35:00 PM
How sad it is to learn of Tim's death. Some years ago we met on this site and wrote some poetry together. He did have a terrific sense of humor and a heart torn by the loss of his wife and son. He was a wonderful poet as well. So very, very sad. If you find out what happened, Roy, please let us know.
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Date: 4/28/2018 9:09:00 PM
This is very sad news, Tim left lots of wonderful comments on my poetry and I will treasure them forever. Thanks for letting us know Roy and the poem you posted is beautiful.
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Date: 4/28/2018 8:14:00 PM
I am so saddened by his passing. He always commented on my poetry in such a beautiful way. And his poetry was always so touching. A beautiful man. Just recently I found he had not posted on poetry soup for some time as I too hadn't so I went and posted on his facebook telling him how I missed reading his poetry. He was a man who loved his family so much.
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Date: 4/28/2018 4:23:00 PM
I have read the poem now and it seems very familar to me. Maybe I have already read it and at that time, I was wondering about how he was doing. I must go see if I had commented to it already. Do you have any info for us on where we can go to leave condolences to the family?
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 4/29/2018 6:36:00 PM
He had many great poems posted here. I was just thinking of him yesterday. Reading this news seems unreal.
Date: 4/28/2018 4:21:00 PM
OMG,Roy. This is just so sad to me. I have not been coming to blogs any more, but someone wanted me to see one of theirs and I chanced upon this one. I got to talk with Tim one time by phone and we had such a wonderful conversation. I had missed him these past few years and knew he had had some difficulties last year. Had left some notes at FB and I think he must have been dealing with his health. Thanks so much for letting us know. Heaven has just acquired an amazing soul on its doorstep.
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Date: 4/28/2018 11:15:00 AM
A wonderful person, poet and f b friend . Rest in peace Tim.
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Date: 4/28/2018 8:01:00 AM
I join with everyone here in expressing my sadness. The Soup should have a memorial page or something similar to help keep the memory and works of those that have passed easily accessible.
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FJ Thomas
Date: 4/29/2018 7:01:00 PM
A wonderful idea Keith. I wish they would; though I do not see that happening :(
Date: 4/28/2018 6:39:00 AM
To all. The poem was suggested by Cyndi Macmillan. Very fitting. As far as I know he passed April 27th, based on his Facebook page.
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Date: 4/28/2018 2:31:00 AM
Such sad news Roy, my thoughts are with his family. RIP Tim you will be sadly missed. Great choice of poem Roy:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 4/28/2018 12:27:00 AM
I recall Tim saying on arrival here he located PS as place to record his poetic endeavours and his anthology here is a fitting tribute epitaph of the talent of this fine PS poet
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FJ Thomas
Date: 4/29/2018 7:07:00 PM
He was 69
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Andrea Dietrich
Date: 4/28/2018 4:24:00 PM
I think he was in early 70's but am not exactly sure.
Date: 4/27/2018 10:24:00 PM
I'm very sad to read this...Tim was a dear dear man. I had the privilege to collab with him on a poem. My heart is heavy. May God comfort the hearts of his loved ones. Thank you for letting us know.
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Date: 4/27/2018 10:15:00 PM
I thought I'd share the following poem the I found on Tim's 5th page of poems. -------------------------- By: Tim Ryerson I Do Not Fear Dying I do not fear dying I fear suffering and dying like being my children's next burden like forgetting who I am or ever was like becoming a 90 year-old in diapers like hanging on far after it's time to let go No, I do not fear dying I fear suffering and dying
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Date: 4/27/2018 10:06:00 PM
I must admit that while the name is familiar to me, I really can't quite place him. I do know he was a human whose earth light is now extinguished and that you are absolutely doing all an internet friend can. Not really being in a Soup friend's life limits our day to day knowledge of them but not our emotion. Glad y'all enjoyed each other as you described - I have a feeling he will stay with you for awhile. Thanks for telling and take it easy on yourself. All the best to you, Roy. Poetry hugs ... CayCay
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Date: 4/27/2018 9:16:00 PM
The poem you chose is just perfect for him in his memories..He will be missed <3
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Date: 4/27/2018 8:59:00 PM
What a lovely and perfect poem to share with us as a tribute in honor of Tim. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends. Line xx
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Date: 4/27/2018 8:56:00 PM
This dear man was a good heart! Just like many of you, we shared some laughter and lovely moments. The first time we really connected was over some silly moment in an old movie that we had both seen years ago from "The Body Snatchers". Tim was just like that! Could make something so silly into a moment that I'll always remember. We often shared classic music videos . He loved to share. I'm so very sorry to know he is gone, but also know he missed his beloved wife and son and at long last is reunited. A special man
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Date: 4/27/2018 8:51:00 PM
I'm really very sorry and sad to read this...I will always treasure all the heartfelt and beautiful comments and exchanges that we've had. Tim is a true gentleman and a beautifully talented soul. Thank you very much, dear Tim for everything. You have been such a blessing to me. God bless your soul, Tim! My prayers and condolences to his loved ones. Thank you Roy for informing us.
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Date: 4/27/2018 8:39:00 PM
Roy I just talked to him. He said he was fine. He said he was better. We were supposed to have coffee... When, when did he pass? :((
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FJ Thomas
Date: 4/28/2018 2:33:00 PM
Thank you Roy. I have opened up another FB account hoping I might be able to see when the arrangements are made.
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Roy Jerden
Date: 4/28/2018 6:40:00 AM
Hi Flo. I saw the notice on his FB page yesterday, April 27th, just after it was posted.
Date: 4/27/2018 8:04:00 PM
This poem is priceless!!!!!!!
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Date: 4/27/2018 7:54:00 PM
I am reading through this through both tears and joy that I shared this space and time with him.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 4/29/2018 6:37:00 PM
I join yo in the tears, Craig. A light has been extinguished.
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Carolyn Devonshire
Date: 4/29/2018 6:37:00 PM
I join yo in the tears, Craig. A light has been extinguished.
Date: 4/27/2018 7:28:00 PM
Roy, can I ask you to add a link to your post? I found a perfect poem, written by him... I think he'd approve. /www.poetrysoup.com/poem/i_recall_515870
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craig cornish
Date: 4/27/2018 8:01:00 PM
Cyndi--please mail me
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Roy Jerden
Date: 4/27/2018 7:32:00 PM
You got it!
Date: 4/27/2018 7:14:00 PM
I just left a note on Keith's post.. thanks for this. He was SUCH a good and generously spirited man. He suffered loss in his life, and I agree... He's up there laughing...but I'm picturing happy tears, finally with those he loves the most. Hugs to you, Cyndi
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FJ Thomas
Date: 4/27/2018 9:01:00 PM
Cyndi please, please let me know if you find out any details. I close my Facebook account last year so I have no idea what's going on. Please Cyndi

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