Johnny "Missing You"

Johnny at a family reunion party that he held annually.
Johnny at a family reunion party that he held annually. | Source

Looking back


Remembering the past


Missing one that died


Feeling sad shedding many tears


Thinking I could have done more


Regretting the times I should have visited


Wishing I could go back several years ago


Wanting to say I love you one more time


This poem was written for my cousin John Larsen. We were the best of friends and as close as a brother and sister. I miss him dearly.

When I first heard "One More Day" originally by Diamond Rio, I thought of Johnny. Stan Fletcher had turned me onto this song, and every time I hear it now, it brings tears to my eyes.

Stan Fletcher One Of My Favorite Hubbers Sings One More Day

© 2011 Susan Zutautas

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

The song still makes me cry, no matter how many times I listen to the darn thing.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK.....I'm crying. No, I'm sobbing. Touching poem.....beautiful song. Thank you Susan and Stan.....This has moved me deeply.


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks Kathryn, Randi, and Suzzy!


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suzzycue 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Beautiful Susan. I know your pain when we lose someone close.


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

So beautiful....your poem and Stan's song. Thank you for sharing your story about your cousin. That cannot be easy. Thank you also for introducing another hubber that I look forward to reading! Up++ and pinning!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

That song tugs at my heartstrings.

Beautiful, heartfelt poem about your cousin. It's always sad when loved ones move on, maybe especially when it happens before they are traditionally "old". I feel for you.

I hope you're doing okay, and that you have a great week.

~ Kathryn


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruthi and Peg, Thank you both so much!


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Such a loving tribute to your cousin, nearly brother and good friend, Johnny. I'm so sorry for your loss Susan. We are never the same once we lose someone we love.


Ruthi 3 years ago

Your poem, as well as the tune, tells all. HUGs, Susan.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sharyn, We were very close. I never had a natural brother or sister and when my mother first died Johnny's mother helped to raise me. There was only a couple of years difference between us and our birthday were 2 days apart. Anyways I could could write another hub right here in the comments box, but we were more like brother and sister than cousins. Thanks so much and Stan's song does fit perfectly.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Susan,

I love this poem you wrote for your cousin. He obviously was quite special to you. And I love the song too, listened to Stan's a while back. It truly fits.

Sharyn


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Debby, It is such a sad but yet beautiful song. Thank you so much.


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Debby Bruck 5 years ago

Hello Susan ~ Thank you for introducing this song to me and your lovely poetry. Sad sentiments. Blessings, Debby


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, Thank you so much. Sorry for the loss of your cousin. I was able to spend a week with him about six months before he died, and I am so glad that I did have that time with him. Thank you again.


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Thank you for this hub.

We all lose someone we really care about and have regrets when they're gone. It's interesting how we never think of any regrets when they're around.

This hub reminds me of my cousin who died back in 1990 and the song his brother played at his funeral: "Heaven" by Warrant. It can be difficult to put your feelings on display at a funeral...........or on the internet.

These words are often spoken but are sincere every time.

I'm sorry for your loss.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sue, Thank you.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Susan,

What a beautiful tribute to your cousin, Johnny.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Genna, Hello and thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate them.


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Johnny knows of your feelings and your love. I firmly believe that when we leave this earth, we take the love with us; and are, as Ken said, watching over those we love in their own way. Lovely words written by a lovely person.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ken, So nice to see you. Thank you.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

The beauty of closeness are the memories that we can fall back on, a beautiful tribute to a friend my friend. Don't be so hard on yourself sweet Susan, because he watches over you as an angel should, you are never alone, he is with you believe that. Hugs to you my friend. Yes a wonderful song and Stan singing it a real bonus.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thank you Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

what a beautiful note: For Johnny


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Deborah, Thank you.

mahua, Nice to meet you and thank you.


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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

so lovely... and so sad.. I know it is to lose someone so close.such a wonderful poem..


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

barbergirl, Thank you.


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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Such a wonderful poem! Very touching!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hyphenbird, So glad that you could hear the song. Thanks for coming back :)

Ruby, Thank you so much.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I'm sorry Susan. Loved your poem. Blessings..


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Like a miracle my computer speakers started working! The song is beautiful and the simplicity of the singing made it very poignant.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hyphenbird, If you get a chance to, please come back and listen to this song. Make sure you have a tissue handy when you do though. I like Stan's version better than the original song. Thank you.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh Susan, this is lovely. Johnny is aware of your love and of this tribute to him. We all should be loved enough to receive something like this. I wish I could listen to the song but my computer sound is not working for some reason. Just a loving poem and thing to do for your cousin/friend/brother.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, Glad to see you're back from Vegas! Thanks :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

What a beautiful tribute to Johnny. Susan I'm positive he knew how much you loved him and that you made his life on earth happier:)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

jfay, Ghaelach, and Audrey, Thank you all.


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AudreyHowitt 5 years ago from California

Wonderful write Susan--well constructed and the emotion is palpable.


Ghaelach 5 years ago

Hi Susan.

Beautiful hub, your words and the song.

LOL Ghaelach


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jfay2011 5 years ago

very sad

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