Parting of Ways

on Monday, July 16, 2007

Come friend, sit and rest awhile,
Share a drink, a toast or two,
Regaling tales that bring a smile
Rejoicing in a bond proven true.

I could not tell when it all began,
With those first faltering steps of youth,
That long would be our run, my friend,
Our journey and our quest for truth.

And in that time, we bravely faced,
The beating sun and stinging rain
Through muddy mire, we kept our faith
And faced dark monsters on the plain.

Looking back where we have trod,
We can smile with a twinkle in the eye
Rejoicing at the fruits our labor brought,
Beneath the rainbow in the sky.

We placed our backs on to the plough
And our youth with fervor did we spend
We had no knowledge of where or how
Nor mercifully what lay beyond each bend

Oh what fun it has been and no regrets,
That we had done all this together
Triumphing over both danger and threat,
My comrade of the road and my brother.

Yet now there is breaking a dark storm,
Against which we cannot hope to stand
Farewell my friend, live happy and long,
Way beyond this, our journey’s end.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful, beautiful poem lgs.
This is written so well, I had to look to see if it was written professionally by a famous writer.

Open Grove Claudia said...

You have such a beautiful way with words.

Odat said...

Wow!!! Very nice!!!

Josie said...

LGS, this is not your way of saying farewell, is it? Please, say it isn't so...! It's a beautiful poem, but you can't say it's our journey's end. Everyone would miss you!


Leslie said...

That photograph is intense.

MedStudentWife said...


Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Top cat,
Really? Why thank you very much. I am most encouraged by your kind words. Personally, I didn't really like it when I first penned it and considered scrapping it but it grew a bit on me after a second draft.

Wow. Thanks. I haven't written poetry seriously since I was 16. I am surprised that it is so well received.

Thank you. Thank you. Shalom.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Sorry for the scare which was unintended. Yesterday, I had a chat with an old friend and work colleague. We kind of started in our current field of work at the same time and for both of us it was a radical shift in our career directions. Now after many years, we both realise that for reasons beyond our control there will soon be a parting of ways as our lives once again head in different directions. I wanted to record that moment of realisation with a poem.

Yes, it is intense. It is also intensely stolen but the credit is printed on the picture. :)

:) back at ya'.

EA Monroe said...

LGS, thank you for sharing the lovely poem. I, like Josie, was worried for a minute you had decided to go into hibernation, but I see that's nut the case. Thank goodness!

Wow. I see you've learned schmoozing from playing Sims2. I don't know how many hours I've spent playing all the Sims' games over the years!

Josie said...

LGS, LIZ, "nut the case? I think Liz has been hanging around with Ivan for too long.


Lorraine said...

Lone G., it is so touching, a beautiful farewell to a friend...and don't let me go on about this fabulous Photo!!! Wow, the drama, the sense of endings and beginnings, you've really nailed it!

geewits said...

That is beautiful.


Seriously, . . .wow.

Janice Thomson said...

Oh Lgs it is now confirmed you are a splendid poet. I love this look at the parting of ways and the wonderful memories you have of this friend and the way of change. Beautifully written! Also, the photo is magnificent.

patterns of ink said...

Nice piece, LGS, and a beautiful picture!

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I didn't play Sim 1 but liked the idea of aspirations in Sim 2 so I tried it and I needed 6 months rehabilitation to quit! Haha.

It was very insightful of the game designers to link promotions and advancement partly to the size of one's social network.

Thanks. I am a little surprised how well everyone is receiving this little knock together poem & stolen photo.

I am enjoying your "wows".

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Thank you. I am genuinely very surprised by everyone's generous response to these poetry efforts. I would be thrilled to be considered competent let alone, "splendid". It is a great source of cheer in a rather dismal and work overloaded week. Thanks.

Thanks. Looking forward to your next round of poetry. I always find that you have put so much thought into yours, my words appear like waffle by comparison.

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