⁓ TALL PINES ⁓ ( Ballad in 8-Count )

⁓ TALL PINES ⁓ ( Ballad in 8-Count )

A Poem by Richard
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One I wrote to commemorate my best friend's life; I read it at his funeral service, and plan to share it this time each year.

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~ Kenneth ~

‘Twas in those days when youthkind dreamed
and primal fascination surged,
that all the world was right, it seemed,
when boys played hard and friendships merged.

Mischief galore to get into …
we knew what that was all about;
those days so long, with boredoms few,
without a care, we’d run and shout.
 
With chainguards off our bikes we soared
down steep creek banks, or cut through yards;
there was no gloom and never bored,
we fought and smiled with few regards.
 
First girls, then cars happened along,
and soon enough, the Sr. Prom.
We knew the words to every song …
those youthful days that yet live on.
 
Though, many knew, and those who did,
have carried forth one young man’s name.
Doubted when bragged-on, best forbid;
tough fighters knew of Kenneth’s fame.
 
Took every dare he could back then,
a legend he’d become, I heard;
one day we woke and we were men,
but still, the boys inside us stirred.
 
So mean and tough this man had grown,
but no one can escape their heart;
so, he took Donna for his own,
a brand new life they both would start.
  
A wedding band, and life moved on,
three children graced young man and wife.
First born, a boy, then came the dawn,
oh, how his birth had changed their life.
 
Not far behind, another boy,
and all the world a lover’s feast.
At last ~ a baby girl of joy,
who touched his heart and never ceased.
 
But fate would ruin it, soon they’d part,
and all the world turned bright, to sad,
both man and wife, each changed their heart.
Those days were gone, of joys they’d had.
 
He chose “Firefighting” for his trade,
to serve the world and those in need.
Again, a fighter’s name he made,
for many years he would succeed.
 
One day retirement came to call,
and now, at last, comfort galore,
but life again wrote on his wall;
there's something else for him in store.
 
He settled-in at Apple Springs,
again, he started life anew.
He never quit his boyish flings;
and as he aged his dreams held true.
 
To family, his faith ne'er stalled,
as always, he would do his best
to serve with love when duty called.
At last, My Friend, “It’s time to rest.”

Amongst the tall East Texas pines
we joined together for, “Goodbye!”
In harmony, we sang our lines  …
tho’ voices smiled, not one dry eye.

Oh, bless-ed be, we’ll miss him so;
he brought such joy to all those here …
let’s tip our jugs and each bestow
to our brave friend ~
 a farewell cheer!


© 2017 Richard



Author's Note

Richard
I know it's long, but how does one cut short their best friend's homage?

Well-intended, constructive critique is always welcome!

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did not notice the length while reading ..only when first glancing over the whole page .. i don't know how one can begin to critique such a personal expression of appreciation for shared lives .. so relateable ..i especially enjoyed the memories as boyhood friends ..i also was fortunate to have grown up with such friendships ..some until this very day ... the passing of friends is hallmark .. as we are blessed with years we also receive a measure of alone-ness ... love your poem ..a pleasure to read and share these deep feelings you have for your friend Kenneth ... what did you call him? Ken? Kenny? ... just wondering. i am sorry for the lose you have in his death :{
E.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

6 Months Ago

Kenneth! i just knew it ... there are some very special people (says i) that are known by their prop.. read more
Richard

6 Months Ago

Says I, Gene, "You're a good and true hearted man, a friend like no other, with a very warm, insight.. read more
Einstein Noodle

6 Months Ago

thanks man! :)......................



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you just brought tears into my eyes i swear...can't say anything

Posted 6 Months Ago


did not notice the length while reading ..only when first glancing over the whole page .. i don't know how one can begin to critique such a personal expression of appreciation for shared lives .. so relateable ..i especially enjoyed the memories as boyhood friends ..i also was fortunate to have grown up with such friendships ..some until this very day ... the passing of friends is hallmark .. as we are blessed with years we also receive a measure of alone-ness ... love your poem ..a pleasure to read and share these deep feelings you have for your friend Kenneth ... what did you call him? Ken? Kenny? ... just wondering. i am sorry for the lose you have in his death :{
E.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

6 Months Ago

Kenneth! i just knew it ... there are some very special people (says i) that are known by their prop.. read more
Richard

6 Months Ago

Says I, Gene, "You're a good and true hearted man, a friend like no other, with a very warm, insight.. read more
Einstein Noodle

6 Months Ago

thanks man! :)......................
Long rambles tbh. Like the scenery though. Kind homage. I tripped over your rhymes in patches..you write like a bard in practise. A modern Shakespeare figure in the works. I can see that. Too Adorned for my taste but thx for sharing.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

6 Months Ago

Thank you for selecting one of my pieces to read and comment on.

Best to ya! ⁓ Rich.. read more
This is one of the best long poems I have read. A great tribute to a friend, and a little bit of drink helps.
"Lets tip our jugs and each bestow
to our brave friend~ a farewell cheer!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

6 Months Ago

"KLINK!"
Here's to you, too, Lovely Lady-Poet, for your words of delightful inspiration … t.. read more
Richard - you know I'm not a rhyming poet, but still I can appreciate when its done and done well. I can feel the love you had for Kenneth. Like you I have seen many years pass and many dear friends pass on. They still live in the golden years of my memories of them. I'm sure the same is true with you.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

6 Months Ago

Dave,
You are a great friend and a marvelous reviewer.
I know, too, your heart feels a.. read more
Dave

6 Months Ago

Despite your much more honed expertise, we are, are we not, kindred spirits?
Richard

6 Months Ago

This is my sense, Dave, but we each have our honed expertise … I could never write such amazing bo.. read more
Very-well written. If your departed friend will hear this in heaven, he would be pleased and gratified. Such an excellent homage, you have described your friend's life beautifully. Though I do not read long pieces, but your poem is so engaging that I couldn't help reading the whole piece.
Good one. Keep writing.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Thank you, Vatsal,
What an endearingly thoughtful thing to say about my friend's approval, an.. read more
How does one construct a critique of a life so lived and honored? To have friends in the end to remember and share is more than most of us could dream. I love how the memory's eye captured equally the bliss and beauty of Kenneth's life from childhood into adult. The former lending a shine that forever smiles. Those tall pines surround my home; and as I look out the window, I smile, thinking of Kenneth.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Dear Linda,
It is most lovely and thoughtful of you to read and bless my efforts to grace Ken.. read more
How beautifully you have captured his life and your memories and love for him. To have a lifelong friend is such a gift...when they pass on they take a piece of us with them. I love that you were able to share it at the service and find it so dear of you to post every year to commemorate him once again. As you know from my poem you read, I can relate so to the sadness and beauty all in one place. I did not go through Apple Springs as I was farther up near the Louisiana line. That entire part of Texas is another world. May he rest in piece and those who loved him have him ever close.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Claire,
It means a lot to me to have you read and review this, it's because I know you truly .. read more
Shimmerbliss/CAF

1 Year Ago

Here's to growing strong and tall with many around us. :)
Richard

1 Year Ago

Here! Here! "KLINK!"
my goodness Richard...what a touching farewell, and what a roller coaster ride of the heart for your readers...everything here is perfect

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Ed,
Your thoughtful kindness and praise for this virtual poetic adventure into my friend's li.. read more
Great story telling. This did justice in the realm of getting the message across. Great message.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 2 people found this review constructive.

Richard

1 Year Ago

Hi, Fellow-Poet!
I extend to you a warm and friendly welcomes.
Thank you for selecting.. read more

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