Free Spirit: Poem

After my uncle became ill, His life philosophy became "Living in high Definition". I got this tattoo (my fifth) On April 14th, 2012, in his memory.
After my uncle became ill, His life philosophy became "Living in high Definition". I got this tattoo (my fifth) On April 14th, 2012, in his memory. | Source
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Do you like this poem?

Then check out my poetry book,Digging to China, released by Sweatshoppe Publications. This poem is in it, along with fifty others. Signed copies are available throughSweatshoppe Publications. It's also available on Barnes and Noble andAmazon.com.

For my Uncle Dale

5/10/47-4/16/11



Restrained

by tubes and wires


by pain that will not

abate


by fatigue that will not

be cured by sleep.


He is leaning over you

cradling you the way you


used to cradle him.

His hand massaging the back


of your bald head.

You whisper to him,


coarsely, through the mask

feeding you the oxygen


you're too weak to consume

on your own.


You whisper words

you've been saving up for.


You whisper words

you've been living your whole life.


He tries to comfort you.

“Be with Jesus,” he says.


And through your mask

you smile and pat his arm.





all rights reserved. copyright Justin W. Price 2011


Thanks for Reading.

A FREELANCE WRITER, HONORS STUDENT AND GOVER PRIZE FINALIST, JUSTIN W. PRICE (AKA, PDXKARAOKEGUY)IS A POET, SHORT STORY, BIOGRAPHY AND HUMOR WRITER. HIS POETRY COLLECTION,DIGGING TO CHINA, WAS RELEASED FEBRUARY 2ND, 2013 BY SWEATSHOPPE PUBLICATIONS AND IS AVAILABLE ON AMAZON.COM, BARNES AND NOBLE AND THROUGH YOUR LOCAL BOOKSELLER.

HIS WORK WILL ALSO BE FEATURED IN BEST NEW WRITING (2014 EDITION), AND HAS APPEARED PREVIOUSLY IN THE RUSTY NAIL, EFICTION, THE CRISIS CHRONICLES, THE HELLROARING REVIEW, BURNINGWORD, THE WHISTLING FIRE, SEE SPOT RUN ANDTHE BELLWETHER REVIEW.

HE WORKS AS A FREELANCE WRITER, EDITOR, AND GHOST WRITER, AND IS WORKING TOWARDS HIS PH.D. HE LIVES IN A SUBURB OF PORTLAND, OREGON WITH HIS WIFE, ANDREA, THEIR LABRADOODLE, BELLA, SCHNOODLE, SAUVEE AND BLACK MOOR GOLDFISH, HOWARD WOLOWITZ.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Minnetonka. my uncle was very special to me, and so is this tribute. I'm pleased you saw his essence through it! Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Justin-Your poem says everything about why we are all here on earth. It is to love and learn and have memories when a loved one passes. That tattoo is so inspiring and I can tell by what you wrote, your uncle was one beautiful man. Tender poem my friend.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Jennifer. I pleased that you enjoyed this and the tattoo is my honor. I'm having a tough day.My love to you and Josh!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ruchira, I believe he is as well. Thanks for reading and commenting!


Jennifer Price 4 years ago

What a amazing poem! Thank you for sharing..what a wonderful nephew he had! Love the tattoo..


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

sorry for your loss Justin. I am pretty sure he is in a much happier place...Amen!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Peg, That's a beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing it. Thanks for stopping by. We're coming up on a year since his passing.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Justin,

Your lovely verse is dear to my heart and such a loving tribute to your uncle. It brings to mind the last days of my Dad's life as he struggled for every breath. During his last moments at the house before we left for the hospital he motioned for me coil up his oxygen hose. I was careful to make each loop evenly sized and spaced properly on the reel. He smiled at my effort since it was a habit I had learned from him. He told me a month earlier that his faith was strong and he was ready to meet his maker.

The circle of life in your poem is clear and kind and deeply touching. My heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

Kind regards,

Peg


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Rajan and I'm please that this touched you!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

I can feel the love you had and still have for your uncle. A loving tribute, made my eyes misty.

voted up.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

I love that description. Thanks so much. I appreciate your comment and your read...


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Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

Lovely and calm.. Great Hub


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ruby, thank you. I generally believe nothing happens to us unless we can handle it and/or it can be used for the greater good. Take a look at his book...


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I loved your poem Justin..Sorry for your loss. We wonder why when someone has spent their life preaching God's love, they are taken away in such pain..Thank you...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

K. Burns, I'm sorry to hear about your losses but I'm pleased you enjoyed this work. I also wrote a poem ;Hot Pink Lipstick" about my grandmother when she passed. Thank you for stopping by, my friend!


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K. Burns Darling 4 years ago from Orange County, California

Beautiful words that touched my heart. I have experienced such a loss twice in my life, first with my grandfather in 1998, and again this past August with my own father.. It is such a bittersweet moment, when all that one has to offer to the person who has cared for them all of their life is to hold them, as they once held you, and tell them that it is okay to go on...It is a poignant and heartbreaking moment, one that changes everything forever, and though it is difficult to put into words, you have captured it exactly as it is. Well done. Voted up and beautiful.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Stessily, this was about my uncle. On the day he died, my dad sent me a picture of my cousin cradling his head. I found it tender and sad. I just posted a review of my uncle's book:

http://hubpages.com/literature/Two-Copper-Coins-A-...

He was an inspiring person. NIce to see you.


stessily 4 years ago

PDX, We learn from those who are close to us two special things:

how to live and how to die.

The peaceful passage away from this earthly existence is a special blessing for all concerned.

Thank you for sharing this amazing lesson, apparently inspired by a photo! A true gift.

Kind regards, Stessily


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Debby, thank you. I was very honored to be selected! Thanks for the revisit!

Audrey, Thank you so much!

Poetic, those are the perfect words to describe him (though I did take poetic license with this poem. he was unconscious during his final day on earth. This poem was inspired of a photograph my dad took of he and my cousin a few hours before my uncle passed on.)

Tsmog, He was that and more. He was a fascinating figure who lived one of the fullest lives of anyone I ever knew. I hope you pick up his memoir and are pleased with it! Thanks for reading this!


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

Inspirational PDXK. Sad memories are conjured as your written words both comfort and convey. Peeking upon his memoirs my wish list grew. An intriguing life he surely led for purpose and enjoyment - ministry, administering service within the medical field of the military, a family leader - father, uncle, brother, and friendship. He portrayed the code of service to God and Country admirably.


Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Touching and poignant. Faithful to his Lord until his final breath. Your uncle sounds like a great man! An awesome tribute.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Beautifully done Justin!


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Debby Bruck 4 years ago

Hello Justin. The best part of returning back to these poems and stories is learning a bit more about the man who passed. I also just learned you were selected HUBBER of the Day. So, a congratulations to you for your community work here. More blessings and peace, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Lord, he certainly loved his football. Thank you for your kind words and for the congrats. I strongly advise you to check out his memoir. It's a fascinating glimpse into his strength, love and passions. Thanks for stopping by!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

What a great Uncle you might have had..and still have,Justin. haven't noticed that you were PDX karaoke and want to congratulate for having been chosen as a hubber of the day on december 15. Your poem longs for his subtle presence in your Journey as a newlywed. He must've been praising your work and probably watching the nex Superbowl. Just be strong and 'think before you do'...and advice from our heart. Have a nice one Vincent!

LORD


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

alright. I've just added an amazon link to my uncle's memoir. At the end of the poem you will find it...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Debby. That was my goal. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings to you and yours as well!


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hi Justin ~ Captured the spirit of the moment. Blessings and peace unto you and yours. love, Debby


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Vinaya. What a compliment. Sonorous? Wow. I'm saving that!

Tammy, thanks so much. He deserves it!

Till, thanks. I enjoy that stanza as well. Where is the quote from?

also, his memoir was just released on amazon. Unfortunately, I can't get the link to show up properly in the body, so I'll post it here: http://www.amazon.com/Two-Copper-Coins-Dale-Price/...

You should all check it out!


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York

The pain and love of your Uncle's last days is beautifully portrayed. "And through your mask

you smile and pat his arm." Would that we all have that ability and find that love. So sorry for your loss.

"May the blessing of light be on you—

light without and light within.

May the blessed sunlight shine on you

and warm your heart

till it glows like a great peat fire."


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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

That is beautiful and eloquently captured. I am sorry for your loss. We should all be so lucky to be commemerated in such a way. Awesome!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

Your words are sonorous. I felt like my spirit lifting up in the sky. Nice work.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Faceless! I hope this continues to touch people and help them heal! Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA

Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. Who can't relate to these powerful verses? Whether family or friend, or even future imagination, we've all been here. Well said.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

horseback, thank you very much. this was a very special poem for me to write. I appreciate your read and your comment!


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ahorseback 5 years ago

Very nice , We have all been here or will be ! Thank you for sharing this insightful write!...:-}


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Phyllis! I really appreciate that!


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Phyllis Doyle 5 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Beautifully written. Prayers of healing for you and your family I am saying. Your dear Uncle has walked on and is at peace in a better place - may you and your family also walk in Peace and Harmony on Earth.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank u Saddle, he is. He is very missed and loved but I'm happy he's at peace. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

The thread of life was cut and he went on to the other side peacefully and with a joy that we only find when doing so. Life is a journey and your Uncle is on another one, he has shed the pain of his worldly shell and will live on in eternity and peace. Sad as it is, I am happy that he has found his rest. Peace and blessings to you PDX.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Doing great, Frank. Thanks and Thanks!


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

powerfully sad :( but a good tribute hope all is well


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for reading, Sunnie Day!


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Susch a tender and sad hub...can not add more than what Nellie said which was perfect.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank u Jmyjoy. it's a sad story with a happy ending. Thanks for reading!


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jesusmyjoy 5 years ago from Bucyrus Ohio

so sad but good hub


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Maggie. I'm sad he's gone but I'm so glad he's not suffering anymore!


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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

So very sad,...sorry for your loss. Your words are very moving!!!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Alicia. I'm thankful to have writing as an outlet to deal with grief. Thanks fo rthe visit and the follow.


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a sad and moving poem which conveys the situation and the interaction between the two men very effectively. I'm sorry for the loss of your uncle.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Gary, thank u for stopping by. My uncle was very special to me and this was cathartic for others. Contact me if you'd like to use it for anything that mightelp people. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind words. When he passed there was a beautiful article about him in the Salem Statesman Journal. He was a man of some importance in his home town in Silverton. Look fwd to following you on the HUb, fellow Oregonian.


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qlcoach 5 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

This is sad and comforting at the same time. Thank you so much for following me. Glad to hear you live in Oregon too. Here's to helping people vent painful emotions that open up unlimited human potential. That's why I write about emotional recovery and miracles. Peace and Light...Gary.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Aw - that is very tender.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

thank you, this was actually written about my uncle who recently passed. it was based on a photo taken of him by my father where his son was cradling his head shortly before he passed.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Aw. That is so very poignant. I'm supposing it is the aged ill father's perspective toward his son when he is there for him as his spirit breaks free of pain and restrictions. Well written.

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