ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ode to Dianne

Updated on April 28, 2017

A Goodbye Ode to My Childhood Friend

Dedicated to a girl who lived next door, who played in my crib, who's mind I could later read because we were so in tune. To a friend I later lost sadly and to whose touch remains on my soul as a mark.

Born before me, not long off
You came onto thee, crib and cloth
Blissed my life the highest paradise
A friend, a godsend, in a world so-ever wise

We chimed together
Played in bad hailing weather
Sang tunes--we flutes
Down sunrises of surprises, came two skinny lutes

We created stores from leaves galore
Till the old Callahan swore some more
Our pastry shop comprised of mud pies
Was lined along a stone-walled rise

Gave way to scolding war cries!

Tis to this child who never expected,
Just collected my words, ideas and joy
Who listened, played, and gave
Her last promised toy

To a girl whose spirit flew on my wings
Over an eternal shore
It was fat and skinny and a pillow race
And two sillies running sore

We ran, we rhymed, and laced beyond
A world between folds of pages
Our voices like puppets belted out tunes
On porches transformed into stages

Under starry skies we’d lay,
Summer’s rays we’d buy
Down the hill on skates came I
With Dianne by my side

Off around sewers, up and down like queens
Through bushes on bikes along sidewalks
We threw rocks from trees
Then climbed some roofs on scraped up sleeves
Breaking bones jumping from swings

We collected catepillars in jars
Pouring them on the front porch stair
Watched hundreds crawl about
While her mum took to prayer

Solidly we owned a bank
Aired the room until it stank
Pleased the moon, rubbed wet paint
Never slept too soon, too blessed to faint

Letter by letter exchanged each day
Marked the time we rose away
Till I filled a garbage bag full
Till that bag was given up, fool

To this day we are no scene
We are no match, no wave to read
No ear to hear, no pulse being fed
No whisper for a shadow’s walk being shed

So I salute you my dearest friend
Who left with me these memories fine
Memories that held me and molded me
All of this time


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)