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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New York Times

Prose on Poetry
New York Times
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Houston Chronicle (subscription)

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Houston Chronicle (subscription)
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San Jose Mercury News
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KMVT

Wagon Days Cowboy Poetry Reading
KMVT
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First Friday Poetry Reading Series: Vanessa Zimmer-Powell
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Hartford Courant

Young Poets Represent Connecticut At Brave New Voices Poetry Slam Competition
Hartford Courant
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Irish Times

Poetry reviews: From tech-savvy magic to the robin's last song
Irish Times
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Latimore: New group keeps poetry alive in Middle Georgia
Macon Telegraph
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Florida's poetry has resemblances to Oregon's
Statesman Journal
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Village Voice

Bowery Poetry Club Introduces the Old Guard to the New Scene With Workshop Series
Village Voice
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