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Member Rara Avis
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0 posted 12-17-2001 12:53 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

Subject: my brother
   Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 22:29:37 -0500 (EST)
   From: (Nancy Gibbs)

Hi Ron,
I love your site. My older brother is dying of Aids. He has 10 years
clean and sober, he's only 50.
He put the "magic" in my Christmases, and I'd lke to find a poem that I
could give to him that would really touch him--before he passes. So many
wait until their loved one is gone. I love my brother, he is my closest
sibling, and I already know it's going to be way to hard.
He is so special. As kids, he was alway playing practical jokes, but was
always there to protect me. The thing he misses the most is running
marathons--and getting trophies! And riding his Brand new Harley. He has
a few good friends who still take himto his FAVORITE games (live)
in Philly--the Eagles!!!!!
Can you help me find a special poem for him that I can frame for his
Christmas gift?
Thank-you so much!

Nancy, I so sorry. I wish I could think of something truly
special for you, but I'm afraid nothing comes to mind at all.
There's quite a few good poems in our Family section (under the
Life category), and some of them are close. But nothing that
would be perfect.

Can I perhaps make a different suggestion? Our forums have some
incredibly marvelous people who might be able to help. If two
heads are better than one, then several hundred should be better
still. A lot of great poets, and very compassionate people. If
they can't find a poem, I wouldn't be surprised if they wrote one
for you.

Good luck, and God Bless.


Dear Ron,
Could you post it for me--you have my permission. I'djust like to add a
few things, his name is Donald, and we grew up on a large dairy farm by
the susquahanna river in PA--never a dull moment..Dad wanted Don to take
over the farm, his dream was to be a truck-driver--and that he is! He is
still working--although it's very very hard for him. He loves life so
much, and feels that if he quits, he dies. I can still see him skipping
stones, climbing to the top of the silo, and scaring everyone. I tried
to post this--I'm just to burned out--thank-you for any help from your
site--it will be appreciatedmore then you'll ever know.
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1 posted 12-17-2001 08:43 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I'll be sending Nan a poem I did for my brother, who has been diagnosed with emphysema at age 48.  Thanks, Ron, for putting this up.
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2 posted 12-17-2001 08:45 AM       View Profile for BSC   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for BSC

I have a poem I wrote for my brother ~ unfortunately it was after he passed away... he was a truck driver too so maybe she can change some words and use it.... Bonnie
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3 posted 12-17-2001 09:24 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

I would be happy to write something and send it along as well. Thanks Ron.
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4 posted 12-17-2001 05:39 PM       View Profile for Midnitesun   Email Midnitesun   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Midnitesun

I have read many fine eulogy and tribute poems, but none come to mind that would incorporate the personal aspects of Donald's life as I know them from this poignant request. But I am inspired by the request, and will work on one to submit for consideration. My heart goes out to this family and their friends.
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5 posted 12-17-2001 07:51 PM       View Profile for Moon Dust   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Moon Dust

Could I write something too my brother is still with me but he almost died of heart failure seavrel years ago and there was a time, a long time, that we didnt know if he would live or die. just need to know where to send it.

I breathe the dust, the dust is me.

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6 posted 12-18-2001 12:09 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

I'll forward this one to her for consideration...

I can feel the big rig's heartbeat
Through vibrations 'neath my feet
As the sweat pours down my forehead
From the Pennsylvania heat.
I can feel her soul inside me
As I leave the miles behind
And I daydream of the memories
That lie buried in my mind.

I drive past the dairy farms there
Where the Susquahanna be
See my father tending cattle
With the small boy that was me.
He had hoped that I would follow
In his footsteps when I grew
But the big rig magic lured me
Down another avenue.

I drive past the sweaty faces
Of some schoolboys running track
Feel my smile grow wide and blossom
At the memories they bring back
Of the days my legs were flying
Down the summer countryside
And the medals that I gathered
Which I always wore with pride.

You see, my  job of driving big rigs
Is just like life in many ways.
One never knows where roads may lead to
Or where a hidden pothole lays.
We simply keep foot on the pedal
And do our best to stay on course.
We trust in God to handle roadblocks
Depending on a Higher source.

I'm going to keep this big rig running.
I'll keep the pedal to the floor.
I've many coutrysides to visit
And many roads yet to explore.
I'll keep my eyes on the horizon
To keep on trucking is my fate
My rig and I don't plan to slow down
Till we arrive at Heaven's gate.


As one small final thought, I'll tell you
With hopes to raise a little smile
I'll live until the Eagles win one
(and that may be for quite a while!)

[This message has been edited by Balladeer (edited 12-18-2001).]

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7 posted 12-18-2001 01:59 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well Nancy, I am afraid I am not quite good enough yet to help you out but you sure came to the right place to get the support you need and the people to get the job done!  May I offer my prayers to you instead, as that is all I have to give that would compare with the work of the poets that will be sending you poetry.  I too lost my best friend this year and ran the final mile with her, so stay strong he will be needing you.  So, I am just sending my love and prayers.  God Bless.
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8 posted 12-19-2001 10:13 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I was SURE I had one--but it's so filled with personal details that instead of re-working it, I'll try a new one. My heart is with you and your family friend! Thanks for passing this on, Ron.
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9 posted 01-01-2002 01:49 PM       View Profile for merlynh   Email merlynh   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for merlynh

Nancy I read what you wrote. Frankly it touched my heart.  I think your own words of being truthful of how you feel would be the best words of all, simply because they would come from you and be sincere.
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