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No Time like the Present

by Brian Aird 

Posted: 04 December 2005
Word Count: 53
Summary: In tribute to a 70 year old friend with Motor Nurone disease.

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Fleeting glimpses
of happiness, snapped
held in a cupped hand

useless legs
twisted, feeble
don't get around

phone calls, emails
form a life line
make a difference

gentle humour
probes weakness
makes me whole again

he remains
damaged, beyond repair
yet still the same

for love is
not discarded
like his old boots

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joanie at 11:41 on 04 December 2005  Report this post
Hi Brian. This is a wonderful personal tribute but also would impact on many other situations. I love the short lines and simplicity of this. The closing lines are poignant and very powerful.

Like I seem to be saying a lot recently, poetry is a fantastic medium for getting something across which needs to be said, both for the writer and the reader.

Happines cupped in a hand is a lovely image.

I like this very much.


paul53 [for I am he] at 12:47 on 04 December 2005  Report this post
This really is a quite exquisite piece.

Laura Hunt at 18:51 on 06 December 2005  Report this post
A really moving piece - full of love.

[/quote gentle humour
probes weakness
makes me whole again]

a rare gift beautifully described.

[/quote useless legs
twisted, feeble
don't get around]

real sense of tension between the last and first two lines.

thank you, Brian. Have you shown it to him?



sorry - see my attempts to use quotation stuff hasn't worked - can't preview at the moment.

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