Kens Poem

How wonderfully sweet to be a dweller

dwelling on the road of goodbye.

Bittersweet tears fall as I think

of all the places I'll never see,

all the faces I'll never know,

all the joys I'll never share,

as I head for the unknown.

I have lived life as best I could,

met challenges head on,

drawing strength from an unseen source.

You cannot come with me on this journey

you can only stand and watch,

sometimes the more difficult task.

I know what I must do

and I will give myself a voice

drawn from the inward depths of my being.

 

For Ken

June 1, 2003

copyright Fran Watson

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Huffington Post
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Rhyme 'em, cowboy
The Economist (blog)
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Toronto Star

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GW Hatchet (subscription) (blog)
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OUPblog (blog)

Top five hip hop references in poetry
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BU Today

Irish-born poet celebrated for his wit, use of puns
BU Today
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CK Williams on his foray into prose poetryWashington Post
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The Poetry of the Trading Floor, Going Beyond Bears and Bulls
New York Times
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National Poetry Month continues with two Syracuse poetry slams: GET OUT
The Post-Standard
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Nina Cassian, Exiled Romanian Poet, Dies at 89
New York Times
Nina Cassian, an exiled Romanian poet who sought refuge in the United States after her poems satirizing the regime of President Nicolae Ceausescu fell into the hands of his secret police, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 89.

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How knitting and writing poetry can make you a better worker
Today.com
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