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Tribute to Walter Payton

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WhtDove
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0 posted 11-01-1999 08:47 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Walter Payton




He was known as Sweetness,
The greatest Chicago Bear.
The best of all the players.
He played his game with flair.

Football was his greatest game
His feet were quick like wind
Playing in the rain and snow,
He must have been thick-skinned.

He always did for many
Those less fortunate than him
And had a sense of humor
With people on a whim

I remember when he played
Those years I used to watch
The best I've ever seen
He simply was top notch

The day that he retired
I know I sat and cried.
But this time I have tears
Cause Walter now has died.

It seems he's lost his battle
On this wet and rainy day
This was when he did his best
In this weather when he'd play.

Now that he has passed away
His football days are gone
This man that we call Sweetness
In our memories lives on.

[This message has been edited by WhtDove (edited 11-01-1999).]

[This message has been edited by WhtDove (edited 11-01-1999).]
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Denise
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1 posted 11-01-1999 08:59 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Very nice tribute, WhtDove.

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Denise

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2 posted 11-01-1999 09:07 PM       View Profile for DreamEvil   Email DreamEvil   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit DreamEvil's Home Page   View IP for DreamEvil

Not being a football fan, I will not comment on the content, but the verse is well crafted and written.

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Now and forever, my heart hears ~one voice~.
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wayoutwalt
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3 posted 11-01-1999 09:12 PM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

yuh i was called walter payton all growin up and walter cronkite walt disney etc....nice verse yuh

o muh didn't know he'd died sniff he was a great player and dad

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WhtDove
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4 posted 11-01-1999 09:26 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Thank you all. A sad day it is! He was a great player. My hubby critiqued my poem for me. hehe only cause it was about Payton though. LOL
hoot_owl_rn
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What a nicely written tribute Whtdove
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6 posted 11-02-1999 03:18 AM       View Profile for Watcher666   Email Watcher666   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Watcher666's Home Page   View IP for Watcher666

Nice tribute!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
Michael
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7 posted 11-02-1999 04:25 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Thank you WhtDove for a wonderful tribute to not just a great player but a great man. Wlter payton was "Sweetness", indeed.


Michael
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8 posted 11-02-1999 06:03 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

WhtDove, hey, this is lovley girl

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What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


WhtDove
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Walt, well, at least they called you by the stars names, the great people anyway. Must be fitting for you as you fit in that catagory. Yes, it made me sad to hear of him passing! A great loss it is!

Thank you Hoot!

Thanks much Watcher.

Micahel yes he was "Sweetness" indeed! My prayer go out to his family!

Thanks D.A. I appreciate it. HUGS

Seymour Tabin
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10 posted 11-02-1999 08:35 AM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

WhtDove,
A tribute carried by a white Dove. I can think of nothing nicer. He was a great human.
Wonderful poem.
Pepper
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11 posted 11-02-1999 09:12 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

very lovely tribute WhtDove....

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A soul that writes from the heart and shares it, truly gives a gift extrordinaire!
WhtDove
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12 posted 11-02-1999 10:17 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Thank you Seymour! Didn't know Doves could write did you? haha they can do more than fly sometimes. hehehe...Thanks much!

Pepper thank you so very much!
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13 posted 11-02-1999 11:21 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

When I turned on the TV last night, his face was on the screen... and I knew his pain was over... but the memory that immediately popped into my mind was not the man thanking the people of Jackson for signing organ donor cards after his illness was announced... it wasn't even the man with the flying feet on a journey to the end zone... It was Sweetness doing his thing in the "We are the Bears, shufflin' through" video made before their New Orleans Super Bowl appearance... a memory that always makes me smile. *S* Great tribute, WhtDove!

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tori
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14 posted 11-02-1999 12:34 PM       View Profile for tori   Email tori   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit tori's Home Page   View IP for tori

Ah.. another work of art by the Dove..
Walter will be missed here on earth and I know he is on the starting line up on the true all star team in heaven.... Sweetness by no other name could hold a candle to his geatnees a truly remarkable man on the field and off.. I will miss him ..
WhtDove
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15 posted 11-02-1999 01:09 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Suthern how true. We sold that video where I worked at the time, and it was constantly playing. It was a great memory. I think what I remembered was the day he retired and knelt down on the field, and everyone had tears. It was after that a while I lost interest in the game. Never been the same without him! The Super Bowl Shuffle, what a rememberance though. Thanks Suthern!


Tori well said. I couldn't agree with you more (on Walter that is)! He truly will be missed!
Sunshine
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16 posted 11-02-1999 01:40 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I saw him once on the Chicago field, later appreciated his humbleness; know for a fact he was a role model our children should have now, and don't.

He will be greatly missed. You did a fine job, Whtdove.
WhtDove
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17 posted 11-02-1999 05:27 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Thanks Sunshine. He was one heck of a person. Great role model, great person.
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