To a Friend...

To a Friend

Aeons hence, when all the world was new;

Before our God, in His good grace,

Defined the profiles of the trees;

Before He’d drawn the ragged land from out the foam;

And e’en before He’d set the mighty sun upon its course,

He bent His gaze upon a future scene

In which He saw, Omniscient One,

A person, not unlike myself, lonely and alone,

Bruised and scarred, not in body, but in soul;

Aching, wounded, not in body, but in heart.

From falseness, treachery, deceit.


And mercifully did He set in place

A remedy for which that person craved;

An unguent, a balm to mitigate that loneliness

Brought on by perfidious friends and lovers in the past


And God, perceiving that, to alleviate the pain

Of treachery and hurt, devised a plan;

And at one sure stroke created He a one

Whose loyalty none ever could reproach;

A soul who perfidious acts abhorred

Who detested and despised such base forms.


And God created such a one

Who waited in the wings of that lost soul’s life,

To step upon his stage at some later date.

And by that presence, bring a balm; an antidote to pain

To soothe the unhappy, aching heart

To make that heart and soul to sing.


Before the start of time God devised this plan;

And to the plan He gave a name.


And the name… a simple word.

He called that person, Friend.

He called that person, You.



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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Dear Ian,

This was so beautiful..so thoughtful and just perfect! I am so happy you are my friend and you have blessed me just by knowing you.Wonderful hub!

Love and hugs,

Sunnie


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Sunnie, so much for being my first visitor, and for your kind comments.

And thank you also for the lovely chat.

Take care and keep yourself warm and dry... Don't forget to make your own Rooster Booster (Ha ha!)

And thank you for being my friend, also.

x


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Thank you so much for your phone call. I always love talking to you and catching up..I am going to work on the Rooster Booster for sure..haha.

I just emailed you..Thank you again..

Love,

Sunnie


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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Sometimes the friend is the way who keeps you from falling off the edge. The only person who's a beacon in times of confusion and darkness. A beautiful ode indeed.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Sweet words Mr. Lawns, and so true. A friend is a bridge over troubled waters (to borrow a line from S&G) and one has to wonder what sweet serendipity would bring this kind of solid support when it is most needed. Regards, snakeslane


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You are so right, Augustine. Without a true friend, one may never find one's way. And friends are found in the strangest circumstances or places.

Thank you for the visit.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

The words may be borrowed, snakeslane, but they are true... so true.

And thank you for your added and most elegant comment.

Fond regards, Ian.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

This lovely poem brings a lump in my throat. I guess each of us has experienced such a friend who appeared or intervened when most needed, someone who is like a life saving rope tossed to rescue us from a flood or quicksand or a caress to comfort when everything seems futile.

The thought that such a one was ordained and created just for that function rings so true, Ian. Yes - a lump in my throat and a heartbeat skipped.

Thank you for sharing that perspective.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

This is so beautiful and meaningful that I have tears in my eyes. I really, really love this poem.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

When we have a friend who helps us through troubled times, we often say they are a 'God send' without thinking what that really means. Your poem says this so eloquently and beautifully


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

What a lovely mini hub, errr... comment, Nellieanna.

I am glad that you liked it. And to you, my Friend (note the caps), thank you for your constant support.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Becky, you are such a softy. Thank you. You found me on HP a long time ago now, and you have encouraged and supported me... that's what friends do.

I am glad it reached your heart.

Ian

x


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you for those very kind words, Rosemay. I glad it reached out to you, and you appreciated its meaning and depth.


Motown2Chitown 4 years ago

Lovely, Twilight. Made me count my blessings this morning. Peace to you, faraway internet friend. :)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

My dear - I've just listened to your beautiful narration. What a privilege to hear it in your own spoken words. It adds dimensions to the flat printed page and warms the heart and soul . . . Hugs.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Motown Chiltown. Thank you for your visit and your kind comment. I started writing this in despair, and realised that there is nothing that cannot be made better other than by sharing. I also am blessed, and you have pointed it out to me.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

My dearest Nellieanna, thank you for those very kind and lovely words.

But maybe I have released a monster. I remember that you encouraged me with the little videos, and with much help from you, I managed to construct the first and and and but now, surprise, surprise, I discover I like the sound of my own voice.

Yeah right! I've always been my biggest fan. So another is being planned as we speak. I promise this won't be too long, but I will have my tongue firmly in my cheek most of the time.

Hugs.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

If it's a monster, it's a lovely one! I look forward to the next poetic video!!

I had the jaw tooth extraction today and am not very bouncy. I hope to sleep it off.

Hugs


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Oh, you poor dear.

I think dentists are the lowest form of animal life, just above estate agents (realtors) and Bankers.

I hope you don;t have too much pain.

Ouch!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Thank you!

I asked him (he's a new dentist replacing my retiring one) whether he'd always wanted to be a torturer. haha - He said that he'd started off to become a Medical Doctor but didn't think he could bear to lose a patient, so he went into dentistry instead. At least that showed a kind spirit! Hope my comment didn't dim it! hehe

Yesterday the pain was not nice. I'd refused a prescription for strong pain meeds so just was taking Ecotrin (a buffered aspirin) which helped a little. But I was tempted to call and take him up on the offer to send in a prescription for the heavier med, except that the idea of going to the pharmacy to pick it up. I found I had a leftover Rx for tooth pain from 2008 (when the root canal on the same tooth was done) and thought about taking one of those but felt squeamish about it. Well, I tried the child-proof lid this morning, jus to see what they look like and couldn't budge it! haha. So I'm glad I consciously decided against it rather than finding myself defeated by the lid!

Actually this morning I feel much better. I've not even taken an Ecotrin and am eating my fruit, chewing on the other side. Yesterday after the surgery, I ate only a bowl of soup, a small helping of gee yoghurt and several cups of ginger tea.

Today several challenges await. I'm glad the surgery pain has subsided enough to consider approaching them! I'm still slightly aware of it, but it is tolerable. Yea-hoo!

Thank you so much for the good wishes and empathy!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

That was med, not meeds and greek yoghurt, not gee yoghurt! My silly spell check!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Other errors shall go unmentioned. . .


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

And some friends are just never on time. I'm not mentioning any names. We all know who he is, I mean who there are.

Ian, you sir have certainly missed your calling, or perhaps have found yet another calling. Your poetry and then the 'stage worthy' narration of that poetry is superb.

I'm thinking Audio book. Hurry man there are deadlines to meet.

Nellieanna when it comes to you there are no errors.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I'm snortling here about you trying to take off the childproof lid. Don't give me that, "I made a conscious effort to not take them". You know, and I know it was a Nellieannaproof lid, and that was that.

Babar came home from a weekend at University last night to tell me that the rain was coming through the lavatory ceiling again.

Surprise, surprise.

I have to go to the hospital in a couple of days. I tripped over and landed on the knee I landed on about six weeks ago... It was still hurting a lot before the second fall, so imagine what it was like after going down right knee first onto it again.

X-rays are called for.

Get better soon... betterer, in fact.

Comforting hugs,

Ian


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Lovely comment, Mike. I feel all warm and cuddly inside... not really, but I certainly like the way you worded that.

I used to love reading stories to the children in my classes... and although I am a very shy person, I really liked showing off here.

Thanks again. Much appreciated.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

You voice and reading is every bit as good as anything Richard Burton ever did. You have found an excellent vehicle to showcase both your talent as a writer and your theatrical presence.


SilverGenes 4 years ago

I've just finished reading this while listening to your voice. Yes, it does indeed add another dimension and creates an even more moving experience if that's possible. This is wonderful in the true sense of the word!


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Mike, I am flattered and not a little embarrassed. Carry on like that if you will. I'll give you a couple of weeks and then you must stop... or at least tail off.

Thank you so much, I am really quite overcome.

Wow!


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

OH, no. Double OUCH! I'd gladly have more extractions if it would prevent your knee injuries. I have a little flare up in my left knee occasionally - nothing major. A little Sportscreme rubbed on it takes care of it, but I can imagine how the real knee double injuries hurt, my poor Ian. And there I was complaining about a tooth extraction.

I'm hoping the X-rays will show what can be done to fix it. Big hugs. (*(*(IAN)*)*)


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Mike -you'e too kind. But there are Nellieanna errors as my comment demonstrated! ;-)


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Silver Genes, you are wonderful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And thank you for not staying away for too long. I know that there were many people who regretted your departure. I hope you have had your problems sorted amicably... if not, there is always the option of going around to HubPages’ house and throwing a brick through their window and kicking their cat, it you like.

Or you could throw their cat through their window and kick a brick, but that wouldn’t be too wise. I did it one night when leaving a showing of Hamlet when I was at College. (It was Richard Burton, strangely enough, Mike) thinking, in the semi dark, that it was a loaf of bread.

No. Kick cat. Throw brick.

Thanks for the visit.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Nellieanna, my friend, there are virtually no pains worse than tooth pains. I'm fine with the knee thing, anyway.

'Sportscreme'? I was never a sportsman!!! Would it work on someone who avoided gales when he was at school?

I was given (prescribed) a couple of tubes of something called "Phorpain" or something like that, and I'm fine.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Actually I've resorted to using the Sportscreme on my jaw! One ingredient in it is aspirin. It seemed to help! I use it for muscle pain, leg cramps, neck pain, sore toe, the knee thing, now the jaw - whatever a balm can soothe. It even smells nice, unlike BenGay and other kinds of balms for those maladies. Perhaps the Phorpain has a more powerful effect.

Hugs, dear friend.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Guys, you are giving perfectly good Hub material away in the comments section. Hope the balm creams are working for all. Tiger Balm works for me.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I use Icy Hot and love the smell of it. I also have a prescription. Dennis uses the same prescription for his arthritis. The generic name is Nabumetone. Fun word. It stops his arthritis pain and doesn't do much for my lower back pain.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Nellie, you seem to have found a panacea.

However, Phorpain sounds much better for me than BenGay. I wonder what would be the reception if I were to walk into a chemist and say, "BenGay, young man, And hurry up."

I might find I am asked to leave and not accuse members of staff for s something of which I am only making an assumption.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You are so right, Mike. This hub has become a mini pharmacy.

I wonder what would happen if we infringed some sort of rules set by the drug associations.

"Let HubPages become a Panacea for the early Twenty-first Century".


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

IcyHot? Oxymoronic balms for all complaints.

The roofers returned today, Becky and I hope this is all finished. I still have to have the loft insulated,

It's a beautiful sunny day, but it's cold.


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Shil1978 4 years ago

Ian, an absolute pleasure it is to read such a wonderfully crafted poem - your voice added a whole new dimension to the experience. You should do this more often!!

A subject close to my heart - friends! I am afraid I don't have many in the real world, but in cyberspace, I can take solace in the fact that I have you!!

I am in awe of your talent and creativity and constantly amazed by the gems you come up with. More power to you, Ian - I am so happy to see you write so wonderfully and have such appreciation. You truly deserve much more, dear friend!


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

What a charming, kind and inspiring comment, Shil.

Yes, I do count you, also, as a friend. You have been so supportive and encouraging to me from my very earliest week or two on HubPages and here you are again.

Strangely enough, one of my favourite poems, a poem to my dear friend and dog, Semi, languishes at the bottom of my list of stuff on HP.

I have thought several times of reading it aloud, recording that and adding my voice to the hub, but even when I think of it I get very tearful, and don't think I could do it; as much as I would like to do so.

What a softy I am. What a lovely dog she was.

Anyway, thank you so much for your visit.

Ian


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, is that you reading a poem?

I think you should do it on Radio/Television.

Or you should record English lessons for foreigners.

It is a beautiful poem, but I could not concentrate on the meaning, all I was listening to was your beautiful voice.

And a friend... I could not agree more.

A FRIEND. An F-word.


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

"And God created such a one Who waited in the wings of that lost soul’s life,To step upon his stage at some later date. And by that presence, bring a balm; an antidote to pain To soothe the unhappy, aching heart To make that heart and soul to sing."

Such a friend appeared on my stage early in my life, a father I never had, a mentor and now my Muse. This stanza was very meaningful to me. Your speaking the words was very soothing to my soul Ian, an excellent piece of work and it moved me very much. I thank you as this poet wipes a tear from his cheek.


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

This is a heart-touching poem - a tear-puller. And so true! I am so glad Svetlana sent me the link! And you've got a beautiful voice, Twilight Lawns! Today is Day of Reconciliation in South Africa; we are all supposed to become friends, or at least stop being enemies.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Svetlana, yes, that is my voice. I've had it for quite a while now, and one of it's main admirers.

Ha ha!

But let me warn you; it is the nicest part of me, I can assure you, But it works wonders if I need to query prices and services and the like.

Thanks for you visit, my friend.

I have missed you.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you. Saddlerider. Thankfully received commendation and greatly appreciated by me. And from you, who invariably wallows in adorations from his readers, this comes as a special bonus.

Thank you for your visit, I feel honoured.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you. Saddlerider. Thankfully received commendation and greatly appreciated by me. And from you, who invariably wallows in adorations from his readers, this comes as a special bonus.

Thank you for your visit, I feel honoured.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Well, Martie, on this special day for you, you have no idea how happy I am that Svetlana, drew you to this.

Thank you for such kind words, and your lovely thoughts.

Ian


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Dear Twilight ~ The reading makes ever so much difference when listening to the poem with the author's own voice. So very beautiful. Thanks also for showing your garden and home environment. Keep up the poetry. Blessings in the New Year. Debby


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you Debby. I wondered at first if reading it aloud would have spoiled it for others, and that they would take my slant on the poem. but I think it worked, and I am grateful for your visit. I love my jungle and am happy at your comments.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, I get better with marketing and advertising.

(I hope writeronline listens).

I just joined a real poetry club - so I will be READING my poetry aloud - there is no way I can compete with your modulations, but the best part is

it will be all here in Toronto, real time, real life, real people.

The quality of my "poetry" - oh, well, who cares.

I want to be published and I met an editor (a real one in real life), so there is hope.

Ian, I don't read anything or anyone on HP - I simply have no time for anything... even for myself.

People left comments on my hubs and I cannot even keep up - they simply pile up.

Your voice, Ian, is a gift. A GIFT from God.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

From you, Svetlana, "A gift from God" takes some contemplation.Taking it in the spirit I think it was given, I say, "Yay!" and "Thanks!"

Taking it in the spirit in which Svetlana would have given it, (considering your deep thoughts on everything, I say, "("Yay!" and "Thanks!") squared.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Merry Christmas Ian.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

And to you, too Mike. And a very successful and fulfilling New Year.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Mike. I found 'To A Friend' on your FaceBook page.

I am honoured.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, thank you, but you keep forgetting. If you talk numbers,

not squared,

42 -ed.

You know that when I say something I MEAN IT.

NO BS. Life is not worth it.

False and Fake are not my f-words.

I need to write about Friendship, too. As soon as I get some rest - I am so tired.

Have a colourful day,


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

And you.

Let the colour be 'Sunshine Yellow'.


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Thank you, Ian.

Do you know how special 2012 is about to be?


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I hope it will be special. This year has been not particularly exciting or fulfilling for me. It hasn't been awful , but it has become a little less pleasant as at has reached its end.

Hub Pages has been my highs!

Although that has been pleasant and meeting some lovely and fascinating people, it really isn't what I would call life in the fast lane.

I honestly couldn't say, "2011 rocks!"

Come on. Reassure me. Tell me what 2012 is going to be all about.

2x2x503 doesn't set my heart beating.

2011 is a prime number, and I loved 2011 when it came along, but as in all love affairs, the passion cooled, and we are soon to say, "Goodbye!" to each other.


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Nellieanna 4 years ago from TEXAS

Whatever it was or was not, it's almost used up, 2011. Eleven more days of it to be used as we will. Then 2012's 365 (or isn't 366 this time? :) is all new and ready to be written. What's not to like about that?


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hello dear wingman ... I am sadly behind with my HP reading and I have so many hubs to read that I have only just got round to reading your poem.

All I can say is that everyone else's comments say it all ... in the light of their eloquence there is nothing left for me to add. I can only agree ...

x


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I suppose you are right, Nellieanna, but I have no enthusiasm for it yet.

How about this for a start?

The roof is still leaking and the roofer will be coming on Thursday to fix it again.

Four times?

Eeeek!


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks for the comment, Angie.

Glad you could come and have a snuffle around.

Didn't fool you though, did it. I haven't the heart to tell our Colonial Cousins that we all talk like dat in Hengland, Innit!


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kallini2010 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, you can look up the predictions for 2012 - it is the Year of the Most Powerful Chinese Animal - the Dragon - you will see there will be a surge in births - among Chinese.

Actually, I wanted my child to be born the year of the Dragon (2000), but Daniel came in 2003 (Goat/Sheep) - very creative.

Can I do it for this year?


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I wonder how you would explain having a Chinese child? Or a baby dragon.

I think I was born in the Year of the Rabbit. It explains everything, doesn't it?


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

This is quite simply beautiful and I wish I could dedicate it to all my true friends! I'm so thankful for the friends God has brought into my life and hope they feel the same about me. Thank you for sharing with us!


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you for your very kind comment. I am glad that we have found each other.

Please feel free to show your true friends and I hope you are as belst by those as much as I.


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Hi Ian, hope you have been enjoying your holidays. Love ya, you old coot.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Hi, Becky.

I am still beavering away writing my short story which isn't very short any more, so have put nothing on HP and am not getting some notifications, either.

And a Happy New year to you my dear friend. Best wished to Katy too.

x


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KKalmes 4 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Ian, dearest Ian.. I am all the more graced by your friendship knowing the depth of its love and joy.. thank you for speaking with such heart for those of us who stumble so often when love and friendship greet us.

Note: this week I used perfidious for the first time.. speaking of politicians..


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Like a good cauliflower, a friend is always so much nicer with cheese! Nice piece as usual from a master, whom I'm pleased to see has not shunned the time consuming influences of time itself, fame and cheese. I have come back read this again and to bump up it's mark again, as it well deserves. Take care Ian.. PD


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, PD.

I have not done anything on HP for some months now. You were the first to welcome me to HP, and here you are, one of the few to even read what I have written any more.

I am still writing, but it's more for myself now.

Thanks for the visit and the comment.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Well then, you are missing the very point you made about loyalty and friendship Sir! Consider why I would take the time to read your work Ian.. you are an amazing writer from what I have seen.. but then I am a lateral thinker and able to read the depth of the words and writer.. aren't you? Perhaps the true depth of passion within the relationship between cauliflowers and cheese, can not be fully gained without a simple pinch of Nutmeg!

Believe, my friend, believe.

Come out into the sun again and let the world see your passion again Ian.. only true poets can spice the life of poetry and your pinch of Nutmeg is truly relevant to that life. If you read my latest piece, 'Venus in Retrograde' you may find the exact spice you require to boost the flavor of your passion and thus also avoid the melons that constantly bully and influence good caulis... (think about it! :) ).. take care


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

What a brilliant piece of writing, this comment of yours PD.

I have always been in awe of your writing from the first day I submitted on HP. I had been drawn on by reading Christopher Reilly and was lucky enough, in the initial stages, to read one or two others of great quality. But oh dear, did I get disappointed when other stuff started to appear.

I have found this to be a very incestuous site, and I haven’t the time to smarm (is that a verb?) and arse lick. Maybe you would agree

I am a very slow reader and a slower writer, and I find that time is too precious to comment on work which I would have handed back to one of my pupils when I was teaching, with a “Nice try, dear. Perhaps you could try a little harder next time.”

I am now going over to your latest, where I know I will find something well above the average.

Take care,

Ian


Beth37 2 years ago

Perfection.


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Beth. I appreciate that one word. It says what I am so happy to hear.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

What a wonderfully beautiful poem! It brought tears to my eyes.

Friends are indeed precious and treasured. I have a few whom I'd hate to be without.

Friends on hubpages are supportive and it's as though we all know each other well even though we've never met; I find that strange but encouraging. I guess it's the spirit of helping and supporting others.

You've crafted words in such a way as to touch everyone's heart.

Brilliant!

Ann


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Ann, thank you for your visit, and for your kind words. It is a long time since I have read or listened to this, and I think it stands up well.

Thank you again for the hub concerning the installation of the ceramic flowers at the Tower of London.

It was one of the most powerful and poetic pieces of writing I have ever seen on HubPages. I am in awe of your work.

London is not so bad. I live in Norbury which is on the edges of that great conurbation known as Croydon, but has a South London (as in Streatham) postal code.

I have also found a few friend here for whom, I must admit, I have great affection. Strangely enough, I was surprised to discover how many British peoples are contributors.

I hardly ever come here to write or to read, but today was a bonus... Thank you for being there and being you.

Ian


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Ian, you're very kind and I'm humbled by your words.

I know Croydon and Streatham quite well as I had some friends there in the mid-70s, people who've become even greater friends now and who live quite near me in Somerset.

There are quite a few more British hubbers now and I must confess I tend to search them out!

All the best to you and I hope you write more here sometime.

Ann

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