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PostSubject: Newer poems from OZ   Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:26 am

been tidying up recently and found more poems - you may recognize some of them but Shhh ! don't say so just enjoy them again!

‘Common’ Routines
The Buddhists tell a thousand tasks
Will concentrate the mind
Stay centred in your daily rhythms
And never count the time

It’s constant change bewilders
Makes the ‘monkeys chatter’ louder
Did God make mountains fall each day
Volcanoes hourly prouder?

Just let the day bring what it brings
Adjust your seasonal timing
Is ‘daylight’ measured by machines
Does ‘night’ still need defining?

The ancient sages warn us wise
Don’t hurry through lifes other side
The newborn leaps in spurts and bounds
But only for a third of rounds

We were given seasons to survive
Not rush ahead and fantasize
The farmer knows that rushing spoils
And count the cost with useless toil

So throw those time machines away
And learn to pace another way
By what the body needs in rest
Let nature cure as it sees best

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PostSubject: Re: Newer poems from OZ   Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:49 pm

An Ode to a Dear Missed friend

The laughter still lingers on
The first time that I met you
You impressed me with your smile
It started off your laughter
That still echoes in my mind

But it wasn’t just the laughter
Nor the smile that held my gaze
It was the sparkle in your eyes
That said “these may be crazy days”

Your laughing gaze could penetrate
The coldest of our stares
And you challenged us to see the fun
Hinting “he will win who dares”

Just for that briefest moment
Before commitment comes
You shared ‘genetic humor’
From the father to the son

And then you’d gone; departed
Marriage, family, kids and wife
Perhaps your dreams got buried
In the career, mortgage, wife?

The next time that I saw your smile
Some ten years down the track
It looked the same; just aged a bit
Wrinkled, wanted and waxed

The laughter still hung in the air
Punctured with a cough
But heh! That twinkled eye was there
You could still pull it off

I can’t tell when the fire burnt out
It must have been one spring
The twinkle in the eyes grown dull
But the laughter still could sing






I put it down to just old age
It catches up with all
What I hadn’t realized this time
Was you’d given it your all

The show goes on; the lights must burn
Regardless of the soul
We watched your lights keep shining
Even though your heart was cold

Who knows when we’ve had enough
It’s just hard to say goodbye
Especially when your master card
Was that twinkle in your eye

We stood around your grave that day
Confused, withdrawn and mad
You’d smiled and grinned and laughed a lot
But we’d never seen you sad

They say that memories fade with time
Well maybe yours; but sure not mine
When people say your name out loud
I see your face in any crowd

You may have left this mortal coil
But you’ve left some remnants of your toil
A laugh from generations down
Can still be heard when guards are down

From father, Son and Holy Ghost
The laughter echoes through our hosts
You still are missed at special times
I hope you smile and laugh sometimes.

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PostSubject: Re: Newer poems from OZ   Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:11 pm

That was very moving Davo. You're not just a flippant joker.

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PostSubject: Re: Newer poems from OZ   Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:40 pm

a great yorkshire friend of mine who introduced me to OZ long enough to make me laugh a while we were the same age and he's been gone 30 odd yrs RIP old fella
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