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The Passing of a Dear Friend

Updated on December 17, 2010

Tribute to Steve for my Friend John

I had a friend,

A lifelong friend

Our time

Spanned 30 years

And sadly, now,

Through silent,

Through softly falling tears

I have come to learn

My dearest friend has gone

Not to return

I built his dream

Of wood and glass

A home to call his own

How could it be

He would not last

How could we have possibly known

That my best friend

My dearest friend

From us, forever, has flown?

I got “that call”

The one we dread

The one no one should hear

It woke me from

My restless bed

A whisper;

"Oh John, My dear "

Your lifelong friend

Your dearest friend

Your friend

Is no longer here.

You do not know that much of me

I keep this close to the bone

I always thought that I could be

Aloof, apart, alone,

Except for one,

A Special man

The ’brother’ I’ve always known


And when I’m through,

When my time is up

Yes, when it’s time to leave


I hope to see

My lifelong friend,

My very best friend














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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you Augustine! I believe I can imagine you saying this "That's it, I've decided..." Like a little boy in a man's body! I'm laughing! Thank you for that!

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Such a beautiful lament to a passing friend. That's it, I've decided when I pass, I don't want any flowers. Just prose, any prose. You don't need to write it, just any favorite piece will do. I was never much for flowers any way.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      My friend John was terribly lost and saddened at Steve's passing. I am close to John and knew his heartbreak so I wrote this for him; as if he is the one speaking first person. Steve was a good man to all around this small town and is missed..and John has to carry on. John is an architect who designed and oversaw the building of a beautiful home on the lake for Steve...and, only 3 months after completion, Steve passed away; at the age of 61. Even though John was/is introverted but extremely creative, he had an active and lively, social and deep friendship w/ this poem is for John's loss even more than anyone else. Thank you so much for visiting, Eiddwen...very much appreciated.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      What a beautiful tribute Kathy.

      I am so sorry for your loss but you are fortunate that you can express yourself through such beautiful words.

      So warmly heartfelt and thank you so much for sharing.

      Take care


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      Kathy 7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you Tanya and N.E.! So glad to share .. this poem for my friend John about our loss of Steve...specially his as he was so deeply saddened. Bless you and everyone, specially at this time of year! Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!!

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      N.E. Wright 7 years ago from Bronx, NY

      Lovely!!! Just beautiful!!!

      Thanks so much for sharing.

      Take care, N.E.

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      erthfrend 7 years ago from Florida

      What a special tribute to your friend. I am so sorry for your loss Kathy. Sometimes it does feel good to express your emotions into writing and this is truly a heartfelt, beautifully written poem. I am sure he is smiling down upon you and would truly appreciate these touching words.

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      Kathy 7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Jennifer...yes, you are so right. I think of the Jim Morrison line..."I'll never look into your eyes again.." I feel this deeply; as you do...for my friends, family and my beautiful furry four footed family. Thank you. I only hope we DO see one another again; after the physical departs;...recognize oneanother .

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      Jennifer Theories 7 years ago from Canada

      Beautiful expression. Grieving the loss of the physical has got to be the hardest thing I have ever encountered in my life. When we lose that connection with a loved one it hurts beyond all other pain.

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      Kathy 7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi my friends. Thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughts, too. My loving friend, John, who was so close to Steve, as brothers from childhood to the present, was so terribly broken up over this that I had to let him know how deeply sorry I am for his loss; and ours. I changed a stanza (is that what it's called? - the 4th one) to soften the harshness of it. So, this poem is for John and Steve. My best and love to wonderful men JY, VNV, beautifuls women Amy and Lorlie.

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      John Young 7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Very touching Cats. My condolences.

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      vietnamvet68 7 years ago from New York State

      what a beautiful tribute to your friend.God Bless you my dear friend. Peace be with you

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Dearest Lucky Cats, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Never is it welcome, 'that call.' I wish you comfort in his memory.


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      Amy Becherer 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      A beautiful and grieving tribute you've given your best friend, Steve. It is serenely simply soulful, just like a perfect pairing, easy, natural and is so fitting. I am so sorry, Lucky Cats.