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Absent Friend

Teardrop beads curve along a cold wet cheek,
Molten wax trickles from a vibrant flame,
A candle lit through dark mid winter bleak,
Lights your reflection in a picture frame,

We always knew this day must come to pass,
Though we chose to ignore it the most time,
Now to your memory I raise my glass,
Thank you for being a good friend of mine,

May you have found paths to eternal peace,
May you now reside in vast halls of joy,
May you have settled each debt, own your lease,
May you be replete in your heart's employ,

To the absence that fills each empty room,

To the roads we took betwixt crib and tomb.

Submitted: Friday, December 06, 2013
Edited: Friday, December 06, 2013


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  • Daniel Brick (4/6/2014 6:32:00 PM)

    I can't say anything better than a dozen previous readers of this elegy. You found a way to reach a deep level of grief without losing composure, which means we can take from the poem not only mourning but also strength. You offering a double gift: remembrance to your friend and a model to your readers on how to remember. And eventually life will take everything from us, so we have to prepare ourselves in stages. Remember John Lennon's BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO? He sings, LAST NIGHT THE WIFE SAID, POOR BOY, WHEN YOUR'E DEAD, YOU WON'T TAKE NOTHING WITH YOU BUT YOUR SOUL - DIG! Amen to that.

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  • Geetha Jayakumar (2/23/2014 12:20:00 PM)

    A Lovely tribute to your friend.. Good memories of friends often remains....Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Smoky Hoss (1/26/2014 9:02:00 PM)

    An incredibly beautiful poetic tribute. Those are eternal words my friend; superb.

  • David Wood (12/16/2013 5:23:00 AM)

    Memories are ever lasting. Great tribute to your friend.

  • Valsa George (12/12/2013 8:07:00 AM)

    Your memories stretch from a picture frame to a whole life span spent together in warm companionship with some one, now no more! A wonderful tribute to an intimate friend! What else can we wish for him other than hoping him to be residing in the vast halls of joy! ! Intense expression of warm feelings! !

    Welcome back Anthony! !

  • Lyn Paul (12/8/2013 5:39:00 PM)

    Wonderful words for an Absent Friend with beautiful memories of the roads you took. Thank You

  • Dave Walker (12/8/2013 3:10:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem, the memories will last forever.

  • Valerie Dohren (12/8/2013 7:03:00 AM)

    A beautiful sonnet Anthony - especially love the first verse, which is outstanding. Excellent piece of writing, truly inspired.

  • Valerie Dohren (12/8/2013 7:02:00 AM)

    A beautiful sonnet Anthony - especially love the first verse, which is outstanding. Excellent piece of writing, truly inspired.

  • Hazel Durham (12/8/2013 4:26:00 AM)

    To remember your friend in such endearing words, that lighten up the dark days of winter, you capture how special your friendship is with reflection of times well spent.
    Superb write!

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