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Epigramman - A Tribute

Updated on May 17, 2012

He is known by all who love prose as the “Epigramman”

But I knew him when he was “Colin” a mere gentle-man

My buddy, my mate who never agitates nor grates

Nor ever starts a storm to stir the present peaceful state

He’s an affectionate guy who always cares

By all rights he’s a downright teddy bear

Like a Canadian Maple, he stands solidly without sin

And has a mild mannered gentle soul within

Where do I begin without making him appear thin

To explain the worth of a man 10,000 miles away?

For those who have not yet read his prose

It will be hard but I can only try I suppose

His sense of humor can take you unawares

And some of his expressions are quaint like when he says

“That’s a good point you’re making there.....”

Which makes you feel special without compare.

Of course, there is the element of surprise or shock

When he labels his cat a “terrorist” around the block

After successfully spilling his full bottle of beer

Which lands the poor feline in the cold, near Lake Erie

The worth of this man is infinite as the number of stars

He sets an example of hope even for those whose life is marred

That you’re never too old, too lonely, too far away or too poor

To love and be loved if only you allow people through your door

Colin, you’ve been immortalized in your collection of poems

They’ve even painted your portrait in which you’re not alone

You live in the Ontario wilderness and I think I know why

You’re waiting for that lovely Lady of Lake Erie to come by.

© Copyright Maria D'Alessandro 2012. All Rights Reserved.


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      Maria D'Alessandro 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thank you A.A.Zavala - I know you like to stir Colin - we all do, but he knows that deep down we all love him as a friend and esteemed literary colleague. And yes, he does like beer, women and song. LOLOL

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      6 years ago from Texas

      "Like a Canadian Maple, he stands solidly without sin." You're talking about Colin?

      Yes, Colin is a treasure. I'm not sure about the sinning part, but I do know he likes beer. And women. And he's a best friend to all. Such a fitting tribute...

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      Maria D'Alessandro 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I wish to extend my sincere gratitude to you Colin for introducing me (your humble and aspiring apprentice), to some of your esteemed colleagues. What an honour it has been to be reviewed by such great writers here at HubPages. It has been my pleasure to reciprocate and read some of their hubs which have been so positively inspirational. Cheers, Maria.

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      6 years ago

      hello Maria - I see that you have some esteemed people following you now .... good for you and you deserve it too

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      6 years ago

      ....I suppose I do Maria - I suppose I do ..... thank you for flattering my fragile male ego -

    • scrittobene profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria D'Alessandro 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      You give the cat too much credit Colin. LOLOLOLOL

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      6 years ago

      ...can't get enough of this one Maria - so I had to revisit a classic and this guy is gorgeous - it must be the cat making him look good - lol lol -

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      6 years ago

      ..well that's good to know - you have inspired me as well in more ways than one ....

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      Maria D'Alessandro 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Thanks Colin, it's all your fault. You've finally succeeded in luring me back here after all this time by tugging at my poetic strings. Let's just say that you're an influential kind of guy.

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      6 years ago

      I am so glad, my favorite belly dancer, lol , that you are back at the Hub - and spending some valuble time with us at the music group ..... lake erie time 11:22pm

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      Catherine Tally 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles

      This is such a beautifully written tribute! Colin, from a distance you have gained our respect and love with your humor, thoughtfulness, and wonderful writing. No day is complete for me without reading your expressive pieces which are most often funny, sometimes kinky, and many times so tender and lovely that they bring tears. You are a blessing to us all. Cheers!

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      An impressive and touching tribute to the Epigramman. I'll post a link to this on Colin's FB-page 'Let's just talk music and cinema'

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is awesome and the greatest tribute to a great man and a dear friend.Colin always makes everyone feel right at home and special in their own way. he is not judgement or mean and he is passionate in what he does best and the lest. He loves his cats and everyone he comes in contact with. CHEERS TO COLIN THE MAN EPI.



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      6 years ago

      I must say Maria that Dexter Yarbrough always did have good taste - lol - and he is a fabulous world class photographer and writer and creator of the legendary Barrack Obama White House series - you should check him out - and what a very lovely surprise to see you back here at the Hub - and it was because of you - that I found the Hub and have been here now for over 2 fruitful and productive years - please write more here if you can Maria - let's see some more of your fabulous poetry too - sending you warm wishes and good energy and it's a thrill to read this awesome tribute once again - lake erie time 9:28am

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      Dexter Yarbrough 

      6 years ago from United States

      A great tribute to a wonderful man! Hooray for Epi! Voted up, up and away!


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