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Jon Mewett
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since 2000-03-04
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0 posted 2000-06-18 11:56 AM

I knew a man a strange old man
He’d walk the town each day
He just seemed to plod around
And dream his time away

To everyone he looked so strange
In his dirty long grey coat
With old white sneakers on his feet
And on a pipe he’d tote

The children called him funny names
Like ‘Ghoul’ and ‘Sad’ and ‘Fink
But I never saw him get annoyed
He’d just……… smile and wink

Sometimes I’d see him in the park
Just dreaming on the seat
He used to whistle simple tunes
And always tap his feet

And then he’d lie upon the grass
Or use a tree trunk as a chair
And in a little scruffy pad
He’d sketch the flowers there

Now everyone across the town
Thought his sketches very fine
And many toffs would collect them all
And discuss them over wine

His house was down a narrow lane
Well it really was …….a shack
With three black cats upon the gate
And a horse tied round the back

His garden packed with bright wild flowers
Was such a pretty sight
And his light was always burning late
As he sketched all through the night

That day he never walked the town
And he was never seen again
Many people realised
And sprinted down that lane

They burst into the crumpled house
And by the huge fire place
They found him dead upon his bed
A smile across his face

His rooms were full of paintings rare
And to this very day
They show them to commemorate
A Dreamer………passed away

Jon Mewett

[This message has been edited by Jon Mewett (edited 06-18-2000).]

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since 1999-06-10
Posts 297
1 posted 2000-06-18 12:12 PM

I enjoyed this.  I like odes/tributes and this one is done very well.


I like too many things and get all confused and hung-up running from one falling star to another till i drop. This is the night, what it does to you. I had nothing to offer anybody except my own confusion.
—Jack Kerouac

JOY 14
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2 posted 2000-06-18 01:09 PM

I remember this one. I'd be please to see it included in the book.  You're a story poet Jon!  


JOY 14
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3 posted 2000-06-18 01:10 PM

I remember this one.  I'd be pleased to see it included in the book.  You're a story poet, Jon!


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4 posted 2000-06-18 03:01 PM

Jon~ this is really a treat to read!   -SEA
Dawn Eclipse
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5 posted 2000-06-18 08:14 PM

That was a wonderful poem!  I love poems that tell a story about a person.  It brought me back to my visit to Central Park.  Beautiful piece.  

"Even a fool knows you can't touch the stars, but it doesn't stop a wise man from trying."
Harry Anderson, "Night Court"

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6 posted 2000-06-18 08:41 PM

This is a wonderful poem, Jon! It's amazing how simply some people can live their lives and be much happier than people whose lives seem more facinating.

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." -Oscar Wilde

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7 posted 2000-06-18 11:15 PM

Yep...I read this just a few days ago, and it's still just as good now as it was then!  Definately a good read sir!
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8 posted 2000-06-19 02:17 AM

Such a wonderful story!!!!  I really liked this a lot!!!!!!!  I hope to read more of your poetry!!!  


"Creation of woman from the rib of Man: She was not made from his head to top him; nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him; but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved." -Unknown

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9 posted 2000-06-19 02:26 AM

I like how you say crumpled house instead of crumbled house, your use of ellpises, and most of all, "Fink," who draws flowers and dreams. Great poem.


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10 posted 2000-06-19 01:29 PM

I liked this  
I too like tributes etc

Jon Mewett
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11 posted 2000-06-20 04:15 AM

Thanx everybody you are very kind.


Kit McCallum
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12 posted 2000-06-20 06:56 AM

Exceptional Jon ... what a wonderful story! I loved this!

Best wishes,

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13 posted 2000-06-20 11:47 PM

Hi Jon,



Lost Dreamer
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14 posted 2000-06-24 02:19 AM

Jon, This is fabulous, I love it.
Janet Marie
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15 posted 2000-06-24 08:25 PM

this is well written and creative
wonderful images and story telling
perfect rhyme as well
great job!!

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16 posted 2000-06-24 09:02 PM

One of your best, Jon!


Yu Lan
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17 posted 2000-07-01 08:25 PM

I remember this one.. it was brilliant when I last read it, and brilliant it is still.. ^_^


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since 2000-05-11
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18 posted 2000-07-01 09:17 PM

jon don't know what to say except wow.  hope that when I pass this is the way I go.

P. J. Kotrch
carpe diem
A soul once touched is a soul once blessed by love

Jon Mewett
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19 posted 2000-07-28 09:06 AM

Thanx you guys sure know how to make someone feel wanted


Heather Miller
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20 posted 2000-07-28 10:36 AM

Very good, I liked it alot.

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