One Day Neil Went Away


Forewarned of his coming…

The speckled shoes

Gave him away


A flawed character


Grew up

In a small Texas town

A flawed beginning

His sorrow


With him


Loved color and paint

The smoke

The drink

…And Maggie


To see him on the road

Trudging to town

To buy the smokes

The drink

Eeyore came to mind

(Oh, where was Winnie the Pooh

When we needed him)


A giant of a man

Wise and wondrous

Dumb as a stump

Never disappointed

In his intellect


More often than not

Good as could be

Worthless to a fault


Heart of gold

Full of love

Tears often

Filled his eyes…

For you…

For me…

For all that he could see

Lived life in deep

Valley of sadness


Tried to change

His fate

Without luck

One day Neil

Went away


Note: In loveing memory of my friend, Neil.  He went away on Saturday, and is not expected to return.  I have selected an image of Taos Mountain, Neil loved Taos.










17 thoughts on “February 7, 2013 dVerse One Day Neil Went Away

  1. oh i am sorry for your friend going…and possibly being lost…i like how you have built him in this…from the speckled shoes and a lover of color…his vices of course, but they all play together to make him….

  2. Tis sad when we lose someone we care for deeply and your words show you more than appreciate his difference. It is good that not all of us fit into the round hole.

    Anna :o]

  3. I have just had my spirits lifted by a couple of fun posts that made me smile, then I come crashing back down in the sorrow of this piece. So sorry to hear of your loss. This person sounds very unique and full of character, not much of that left in todays stereotypical world.

  4. Ah there are always the tortured souls, the crazy characters, the square peg in a world of round holes, aren’t there? The ones that in spite of their vices, still leave their marks on our own souls that lingers on when they leave. Like the final note on a sad song that your hear long after the music has stopped playing. Beautifully told Annell.

  5. He sounds like a wonderful man to me, and I’d miss him terribly if I’d ever had the privilege of knowing him. This is a lovely tribute to him and your memories of him.

  6. There’s a wonderful story in this poem. It captures the feelings of loss and appreciation of the one that was lost together, which can be hard to express. I’d actually like to read more poems about him.

  7. Annell, this is a very heartfelt write. It is obvious you cared about him deeply. Sometimes people just can’t beat their demons no matter how hard they try. I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. I am sad, too, for your loss…I think I know what you mean by a gentle giant..the photo and poem are a lovely tribute to him..

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