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    Today I ran across this poem I wrote in honor of my cousin who died a year ago. Jimii lived life to the fullest. He had lots of hobbies — motorcycles, cars, playing guitar, hunting, fishing, partying... the list goes on. He was a firm believer that a family who plays together, stays together and it was very evident as his love of life evolved around his family and friends, always. He was the kind of guy who never knew a stranger. To know Jimii, was to be his lifelong friend. He was the leader of the Stoney Creek Knuckleheads, his close group of fellow bikers. He was known as Jimii Stone, the lead guitar in his family band. He left a huge hole in our family.

    Tribute to Jimii Stone

    The end — at fifty one!
    The unforeseen had snuck in
    under the cover of night's familiar embrace.
    Death lured Jimii to take one final ride
    into that wild unknown,
    and gloom fell heavy from the sky.

    For a week, a fog clung to the valley
    like a mourner's veil,
    uniting our sorrow in gray silence.
    And when the fog lifted
    on the morning of the seventh day,
    we looked up from our saddened world
    into a blood-red sky.

    Where a valley once gaped at death,
    there rose a brilliant sun.
    Cloud-dappled skid marks
    stretched across God's painted sky,
    exiting far beyond the horizon.
    And in the crisp air, birdsong laughed
    like a thousand happy memories.


    Posted By SuzyQ | Jun 28, 2011
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    I liked this poem because it has the pure simplicity of just raw feeling and the pouring out of happiness yet a touch of sadness to it. It makes me feel sad to know this person is deceased but at the same time it gives you a joyful feeling knowing how important he was and his influence and impact on the people's lives that surrounded him. I applaud the bravery as these type of poems are generally kept to the personal collections of most poets. Thanks for the read...


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    SuzyQ Member

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    Hi KingAce!
    Thank you so much for your kind words. One is never sure if the readers are actually "getting" their poetry, so it's nice to get your feedback and know. :peace:

    SuzyQ


    Posted By SuzyQ | Jul 21, 2011
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    MsJacquiiC Poetica Magnifique

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    Don't know how I missed this post.I've been accused of being blind... As the ol' saying goes though ==> Better late than never.

    Anyway - wow - what a wonderful tribute! That's all I'll say about this one. It's a beautiful tribute, testifying indeed to the depth of loss you feel. My condolences for your loss Ms Suzy.

    Jacquii.


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    SuzyQ Member

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    awww Thanks Jacquii!

    Wanna know what really sucks? While I was gone last week, another cousin of mine age 50 died of a blood clot in her heart. When I was younger, 50 seemed old, but now that I'm 50ish.... it seems rather young.

    I'm actually okay with death. I know it's a much better place where they go than where we are here on Earth. I just feel bad for the people who don't cope well.


    SuzyQ


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    MsJacquiiC Poetica Magnifique

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    Aw :(
    If it ain't one thing - it's something else... So much death and loss - I can't deal with it. And yes indeed - I know what you mean = 50 seems a bit young to me as well. I'll be celebrating my 36th this year - never ever thought I'd live to see it for some odd reason...

    Of course since I've been "23" for the past couple years - I'll be telling everyone I'm 25 this year bahahhaa -- I suppose in this line of thinking, age is indeed a state of mind. Gives a little bit of credence to the cliche "live life while you can"


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    Hi SuzyQ....my condolences for the loss of your cousins. The poem is a heartfelt tribute indeed. I thank you for sharing from your personal collection. His energy feels just as you say...full of love for family and friends. The poem says it all and all is said. His impression he left here on this side of the veil is apparent, and it is wonderful to know that you and the family carry some of Jimii with you everyday. Thank you for posting.

    Kimberly

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