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serenity blaze
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0 posted 06-23-2003 08:39 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for serenity blaze

He's made of Mississippi mud
burnt umber
and yellow eyes
I watched him wade
into the mighty
where he knew there was a tree
hollowed by the tide of time
and he'd bait the opening
I watched him in amazement when
he pulled a catfish from the stump
hugged it tightly to his chest
and brought it to me-oh-so-proud
A big she-fish
she must have weighed
well over twenty pounds--
he told me we'd have lunch that day
but said her eggs were just for him.

I think of Jim as a Huck Finn
he never could walk right in shoes
and he would trap the nutria
I shuddered when I saw the skins
stretched in the sun to dry...
he never could hold down a job
but lived according to the sun
offshore work and roustabout
and sometimes he would pick up cash
trawling with the old timers--
he had a knack for finding shrimp.

I guess that he's retired now,
and he doesn't look quite right
the contrast doesn't play too well
against the stiff white hospice sheets.

He told me that he knows that he
will not live to see next year
and that the only thing he'd miss
was the taste of ice cold beer
that, and mud between his toes
while bathing in the Mississip...
Then we both laughed at his joke
because he never would deny
that he weren't right in the head--
he smiled and said that he has proof
offical chemotherapy
as tumors fight his brain for space--
a war within his skull.

Then we talked "remember when"
in the days we worked the stage--
how management would toss a fit
when they saw that Jim showed up--
how I always had to state
that "Yes, it's TRUE he's with the band"
they always thought he was homeless
and technically I guess he was,
I knew then what I know now
Cooper has no need of walls--
as long as there's a river's flow--
Jim will have a home.

Once again, yes, once again
a dying man
said
"please don't cry..."

© Copyright 2003 serenity blaze - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 06-23-2003 08:44 PM       View Profile for Ishmael   Email Ishmael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ishmael

Noodling for she-fish and a lump in his noodle.

This is a mighty sad and fine bit of reading.

That I would one day be so honored, is a dream.


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2 posted 06-23-2003 08:56 PM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

Touching....absolutely touching. I'm so glad I stopped to read.

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serenity...Sorry, don't have the right words ....except this touched me, you touch me.  
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4 posted 06-23-2003 09:04 PM       View Profile for icebox   Email icebox   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for icebox

Excellent.  Just enough "self" to carry the load.  Thank you for sharing this.
Edder
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5 posted 06-23-2003 09:16 PM       View Profile for Edder   Email Edder   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Edder

you my dear, have a beautiful mind.
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6 posted 06-23-2003 09:21 PM       View Profile for Magnus   Email Magnus   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Magnus

Gosh, darn....sheesh...speechless here Ser.

This is so very touching.  
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7 posted 06-23-2003 09:31 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Ah, gal... this grabs the heart and doesn't let loose... wonderful write!
vlraynes
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8 posted 06-23-2003 09:57 PM       View Profile for vlraynes   Email vlraynes   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit vlraynes's Home Page   View IP for vlraynes


Karen...you already know...so just more

"...until you have read the verse on his heart,
you have not truly met the poet.
~vlraynes

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9 posted 06-24-2003 02:41 AM       View Profile for brian sites   Email brian sites   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for brian sites

sigh
you have shown us....
US again
and yet you bear the pain

you are GOLD

and I hug you
like diamond
littlewing
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10 posted 06-24-2003 02:52 AM       View Profile for littlewing   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for littlewing

God Karen . . .
enough of this already
This was so heartfelt
Here I am all enthralled
in reading this "tale"
and then the ending
and then I look up to see
what Bri wrote . . .
You guys are trying to make me cry
xxoo
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11 posted 06-24-2003 03:14 AM       View Profile for garysgirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit garysgirl's Home Page   View IP for garysgirl

Once again, yes, once again
a dying man
said
"please don't cry..."


Karen, you have the biggest heart, Lady....
and it shows, my friend.......in this and all
your poetry. Thank you for sharing this
with us.  

Heart hugs to you...
Ethel

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12 posted 06-24-2003 03:23 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

god this is so sad! geez! what an awesome write!

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Paula Finn
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13 posted 06-24-2003 09:17 AM       View Profile for Paula Finn   Email Paula Finn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Paula Finn

You know the most interesting people, and I love seeing you celebrate their lives, and mourn their passing with your celebrations.
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14 posted 06-24-2003 09:22 AM       View Profile for Cpat Hair   Email Cpat Hair   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cpat Hair

you know...

dang it...
Susan Caldwell
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15 posted 06-24-2003 10:54 AM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

"I think of Jim as a Huck Finn
he never could walk right in shoes"

I am jealous that I didn't know him...

Susan
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Thank you.

That's all.

Just...thank You.
serenity blaze
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17 posted 06-24-2003 08:25 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

ah, the only thanks necessary are from me to all of ya'll. And he's a loveable kind of guy, too. I wish he had a pc, I'm sure he would love to hear from you all. But all prayers are welcome, I assure you. As you can tell, he's also a non-denominational sorta guy. His only church is the Mississippi River.

Thanks.
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18 posted 06-25-2003 01:57 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Oops! I had almost missed reading about Cooper! You've immortalized him! Gotta love a man who loves the Mighty Mississippi!--and the person who writes about both of them!

Love & Light,
EA
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From the first lines I felt a little Twain, but this is undeniable K country..yer an amazing storyteller
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20 posted 06-25-2003 02:31 PM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

Karen, I was sitting here wondering why tears were welling in my eyes. Then I remembered an elderly male friend of my husband....named Normy. He lived all alone in a little handmade shanty in the country. No indoor plumbing, and wild ferrel cats all over the place. But, oh, what stories Normy could tell....and all true. The dirt road he lived on was not driven much....so if you did not know him, you would never have even known he existed. We did. We would take him food and warm blankets for winter. It was a sad day when he passed. Although he was found in his little makeshift bed, our blanket gift as a cover and a half drank bottle of home made wine beside him. Oh - and a smile on his face! Thanks Karen. You have brought back memories for me and probably many other readers to-day. You are one awesome lady. Never change. hugs, Chris

"Said you'd give me light...
...but you never told me about the fire."

~Stevie Nicks~  
      

    

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21 posted 06-26-2003 01:08 AM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

Very enjoyable!
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22 posted 03-28-2009 03:25 PM       View Profile for Artic Wind   Email Artic Wind   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Artic Wind

Touching write dearest Karen ~ Excellent


ARCTIC WIND
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Traveling Wilburys
and the walls came down.

Kindly,
Redheart Angrybraids

 
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