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Parchment to Verse, A Thank You to A fellow Hubber.

Updated on October 3, 2011


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From Parchment Paper (A Friend was found)

From parchment paper his thoughts were drawn,

Of life’s first chapters he does but warn;

Lyrical is his myth but oh so true

In a land of imagination his writing grew.

From scripture to life and eventful days

filled with musing and stories for everyone to praise.

This man is a thinker his soul is full of truth

What he writes from his heart

gives us inspiration through and through.

His kindness and generosity amazes me still

But I stand in awe of his talent, as only I can do.

This man is a friend that I hardly know

But his compassion and generosity doth glow

From within his heart is always a warm smile

And cherished has his friendship been

to let me visit a while.

From his writing my inspiration has grown

And I can only offer words of praise for his wisdom I have know.

So thank you Wayne Brown, for all that you have said

But more so the fact that you have lead

me to some verse that in my heart I have loved

And through your tender generosity

I have used in my prose, my memoirs are written

And a chapter in my life has closed; love has allowed me to be forgiven.

Sometimes and from nowhere.

I met Wayne Brown when I first joined Hub Pages, and little did I realise on the first comment I ever wrote in reply to his beautiful poetry, that I would become so hooked.

Wayne has been such an inspirational and gracious friend during my journey here, and as recently given me his permission to add one of his stunning poems to close my memoirs. In this instance "A Man's Prayerful Presence". This isn't the first time that Wayne has kindly allowed me to share one of his poems. The first time, I asked him to forward the copy of one of his poems that was an important message for my son, who was struggling with his drug habit. Wayne again was so generous to allow me to do this for my son, and I have still kept the poem in a folder for my son to read whenever he needs the strength of love.

Wayne to say thank you will never be enough, but I will always value your generosity and fantastic poetry for as long as I am able.


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      Barbara Bethard 

      6 years ago from Tucson, Az

      The one thing that I keep being reminded of is that we here at HubPages are part of a strong and supportive community. I wandered off but it is that feeling of kinship that brought me back. Your words drew that all together! Wonderful and awesome indeed!

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      6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      I first must say - what a cute picture! Amazing words to honor an amazing writer! Glad I came by to check it out. Beautiful, wonderful, touching and voted up!

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      My dear friend mar, thank you so much for joining the many voices who appreciate the work and talent of Wayne Brown. He is not just an inspiring writer, but a kind and generous friend. He will never realise how precious his words have been to me on many occasions. I thank him from the bottom of my heart for being a true gentleman and friend.

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      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      This is a gracious and fabulous tribute. I have been greatly anticipating reading your memoirs and now it will be even better with the thought of Wayne's beautiful poem. Like Gail, I have admired his comments on HP and will look forward to getting to know his writing as well.

      Many thanks for this piece-- voted UP & ABI, mar.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Good Morning from a lovely crisp autumn morning Colin. How are you my sweet friend?

      Thank you for stopping by to celebrate the life and times of Wayne Brown. John Wayne, no but I too could follow SaddleRider, his thoughts and emotions are amazing. But you my special king of prose and the short verse, now I could sit at your table in awe of you any time of the day. Much love,


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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      cjv123 thank you so much for stopping by my little space in Hub Land. Wayne is not just an amazing poet an writer he is a true gentleman and a friend. I am so pleased that you mention him.

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      6 years ago

      ...yes Wayne Brown is a fine man indeed and when I grow up I want to be like John Wayne or Wayne Brown - tough choice so I guess I'll take Saddlerider - lol lol

      nice tribute my brightest bluestar in the sky - but then again you are a tribute onto yourself and I for one, happen to be very much in love with that thought.

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      6 years ago from Michigan

      A beautiful tribute that obviously touched his heart. Very nicely done.

    • thebluestar profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      My Dear Friend Ken, being commended by you for the poetry I have written is awesome. In fact an honour. In comparison to yourself, and Wayne and many others, my poetry is pathetic, but I enjoy the challenge of writing it.

      It is amazing how important people on Hub Pages become to each other. Especially when offering support and comfort along with encouragement for one another.I love my Hub family, and like a true family, I have had my likes and dislikes, loved and lost, but this journey has been so important to my life at the times I needed support the most. Many hubbers are amazing friends now, regularly mailing me privately. One knows me so well that she can tell if I hurt or not in my mails and knows exactly how to lift my spirit. How amazing is that?

      You are a gentleman Ken and I thank you for standing in my queue to admire the talent and the person that is Wayne Brown.

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      6 years ago

      Annette let me first commend you on a wonderful poem and great tribute to a true artist of rhyme, verse and prose. He can take most any subject and turn it into beauty. I had the pleasure of meeting Wayne shortly after I joined the Hubs around a year ago.

      I can remember his words, it appeared that Wayne was very cautious about following just anybody. He told me how he read and waited and then when he was ready decided that I was someone he would like to read further and follow. I accepted that compliment and be both hit it off from the start as writers of short stories and then poetry found us and we have not turned from it.

      Wayne has always struck me as a caring, kind and generous person and your words do not surprise me at all, he has a gift and his creator has taken his hand and guided it to the parchment to lay out the beauty that he leaves there for us all to enjoy. I am so moved to read how he has inspired you and left you two of his pieces to help encourage both you and your son. This was meant to be and his Karma shone on yours and voila you both harmonized into great friendships from afar.

      Wayne is a vessel like many great artists, he is laying a foundation of his great work out for all of us to enjoy, I am honored and humbled to call him friend. He has encouraged and inspired much of my writings as well. There are many true friends here at the Hubs, you and many like you and Wayne offer so much support and we take it gratefully. Thank you for sharing this friendship you both have found. Blessings to you and yours from the Saddle.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland









      Thank you all so much for joining my celebration of Wayne Brown. It humbles me too realise that so many of you think the same about Wayne as I do. I know he is an awesome writer, but as a friend and mentor I could not wish for better. He is a gentleman of good morals and judgement, and I am so proud to feel welcome to contact him for help in all ways. Thank you so much to each and every one of you for stopping by.

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Zakayo Welcome to the world of friendship and encouragement known as Hub Pages. Thank you for choosing to knock on my door. x

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      6 years ago

      bluestar, you've inspired a thoughtful smile, tears in my eyes and a prayer in my heart that seems to be growing past both you and Wayne. I figure I may as well let it grow because only good can come of it.

      I think the greatest thing a writer can do is 'move' a reader. I'm moved.

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      6 years ago from Wales

      A great tribute to a truly inspirational writer.

      I vote up and here's to many more to come.

      Take care


    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub and thanks for sharing .I vote up and up here.

      Here's to many more hubs to be shared on here.

      Take care


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      Truckstop Sally 

      6 years ago

      What a lovely poem about a remarkable man, poet, friend, son, Dad . . . I too have a testimony about Wayne's thoughtfulness -- hopefully for another time. I just re-read the poem and I so agree that is it an inspiration.

      BlueStar - Congrats to you for writing your memoirs AND for honoring WB by sharing yet another one of his many hats.

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      Wayne Brown 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Many fine things have happened to me in my time here on the Hub but I must say this is the first individual tribute that I have received. This is very humbling to me and yet quite joyous in that it gives me great satisfaction to know that words I have put on paper bring joy and meaning to others. Sometimes it takes me only minutes to write the verse and I feel I am simply an instrument of the true messenger but I try not to dwell on that too long nor do I tinker to much with the original inspiration as it flowed. Annette, I was deeply moved that "Man's Prayful Presence" affected you so much so it was certainly my pleasure and my honor to let you put it into print. I also remember the situation with your son and truly hope that the words included in that verse were of meaning to him. As Martie pointed up above, we meet some very special people here at the Hub who help each other to get along in the world a bit with their words and writing. You really make me feel an important part of that community with this tribute which deeply moves me. There have been times when the frustration of change here on the Hub has moved me to leave but then a very good friend of mine here at the Hub, Saddlerider1, helped me to see that it was no longer about me and my was also about the readers. At that point, I felt very selfish and on that basis did not leave. I hope to be able to write and contribute to this community for a long time and praise such as this certainly keeps the motivation high. Thanks to you Annette and everyone who has commented here for all the wonderful words. There's no better payback! WB

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      Augustine A Zavala 

      6 years ago from Texas

      A fitting tribute indeed!

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      6 years ago from In my world

      Aw this is beautifuly written, so glad to have found you

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      What a lovely tribute and it's so generous of him to let you use his poem at the ending of your book. I was also touched by the way he let you use one of his other poems to help give your son strength and inspiration.

      Will be visiting Wayne's Hub Pages Profile soon. I've seen his comments generously sprinkled throughout Hub Pages but haven't gotten to know his own writings. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Wayne is certainly one of the best writers in HubPages. I am in awe of his talent to write prose-poems - short stories in rhyme - and his insight and far-sight, so clearly visible in those conversation pieces, and actually I am in awe of all his writings. When he writes prose-poems he reminds me of my father who used to present family tales in that gender. Wayne is one of my favorite hubbers - I don't easily miss one of his posts. I'm often too late for the party, but I do turn up to enjoy all the comments as well. I hope he will keep on writing for many years to come.

      Thanks Annette, for paying tribute to Wayne and thank him in this way for what he meant to you. It is amazing how much we mean to each other in HP. Not all of us to the same people, but we manage to find exactly the support we need at a specific time. And then we move on to a next one, but never to loose the bonds we have already established.

      Take care, Annette, and thank you for being my friend too.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wayne was one of the first people that I started following when I joined HubPages and I have always enjoyed what he writes. Love that you have written this beautiful tribute to him.

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      Zakayo Godfrey 

      6 years ago

      hallo hi am zakayo from tanzania

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      Annette Donaldson 

      6 years ago from Northern Ireland

      Thank you Jami, Wayne is a wonderful talent and inspiration to many hubbers on Hub Page. I am so happy to follow him.

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      jami l. pereira 

      6 years ago

      Such a beautiful tribute to a very special man , i voted up and awesome and beautiful to this lovely ,generous heartfelt piece!:)


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