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batch of words
by Cynth'ya Lewis
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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My advice: write until your fingers bleed to staunch a wounded heart. Truth and beauty is all we know, and need to know. Write what you know. A thousand rejection slips do not mean failure.. Lasting words from my friend and writing coach, Gerald Grimmett who died in the floods of St. George, UT. We all miss you, I'm really missing you/and that novel is as good as written. peace to you G., I'm glad you and your son are now together again. cynth'ya

this poem of course
is nothing more but
a batch of words
floating around
in my head with no
form or purpose

and as one
whom you believed in
i think i let you down


I cannot seem to
figure out why
God didn't wait
and give you a
little more time

is He trying to
send me a message

that i don't have
long to stay here?

this poem of course
means that all that
is left is your words
of urging me, encouraging
me, and teasing me about
those black horses and
bagpipes to announce
your entry


into the author's gates
beyond, where the rejection
slips no longer matter

where the critics and
the cynics can just
go their way--but you
said write, take no
prisoners, kiss no feet
and buff no butts

you said be sassy
be sensational,
be solid and
never ever let 'em
see you cringe

so i guess it's time
now for me to do some
redecorating tips

maybe some submissions,
some old files that
still have something
to say that have gone
by the way--get rid
of some of those old
fears that are never
once again considered
by my peers, and maybe--
too, G.

once my tears have cleared
i can see the vision you had
for me, my destiny. . .

i welcome and embrace
your strength and welcome
the adversity. . .

(see, i told you that this
poem is a batch of words,
looking for a place to go)

you won't see this
the seed you planted
in this writer's field
of dreams, but i'm glad
to be a bearer of the fruits.

cynth'ya lewis reed
copyright 2005
all rights reserved

Note: On my last post to G's site to his short story, "Catch As Catch Can" I'm not sure if he was even alive to see it. It was written hoping that he would see it, I could not fathom that my writing of my own drowning fears would actually happen to him (or may have happened without my realizing it.) We always used to kid around and joke, I would call when he had a recent struggle in an email he wrote me saying he was coughing literally "buckets of blood," and I called him on the phone just to hear his voice, and find out if he was okay. He wrote me and said he was tougher than some kind of desert creature boiled, maybe vulture, I'm not sure, but he was nothing less than courageous and kind.

That's how I'll remember him.

Gerald Grimmett
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Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya 3/20/2005
What a n luck...BHUWAN!!!
Reviewed by David Young 2/5/2005
This is a special tribute has wings resting in the heavens of peaceful remembrance.
Reviewed by jacqueline amos 1/26/2005
Oh the spoken words of warrior has know back door, the wisdom to know and the reasons to apply, the almighty pen the instrument of truth, only the poor man shall sit at the table, and the rich man shall hold the door, the ancestors who walked through the fire,and never looked back, the sister Black Mother Moses, (Harriet Tubman) turned over 3 wars, understanding the mission of a soldier, one must know God, the light of the almighty was standing at the door, truth has no back door in the father's house, the blue print was written in stone, our brother Jesus feared no man, the revolution shall continue as his warriors complete the mission, which must be complete, I cry not for man he has know control; the warriors of my fathers house shall have the last word.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 1/17/2005
If, when I die, I could only have someone write something so "meaningful" as you have here for your friend, I do believe I would have thought I had lived "good." This was special and, as all of your "stuff" I felt it bursting from your heart.
Reviewed by Janet Parker 1/17/2005
This is a wonderful tribute poem, Cynth'ya. I am glad his suffering is over.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/17/2005
Thanks for sharing this Cynth'ya!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/16/2005
Moving tribute to a man you admire.

Sounds like he was a great man. So sad when life is taken prematurely.

I agree with Karla here.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/16/2005
If Mr. Grimmett got you started in writing, then he never did waste a minute of his life...mentors are hard to come by...congratulations on finding and knowing yours for whatever time you did spend together...I do hope HE & YOU will find peace on your journey's...Ed & rufuz
Reviewed by E T Waldron 1/16/2005
Cynth'ya this is wonderful and I'm so glad you wrote it. I only had two occasions with emails from Gerald, he encouraged me to write also, and I'll always remember it. needless to say I was very saddened by the news. Like you I'm glad he is reunited with his son! Fine tribute Thank you!

Love, Eileen
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 1/16/2005
Oh this is beautiful and so touching and I do not believe he wasted his time. What more can one say this says it all.
Reviewed by Evelyn Simon 1/16/2005
Excellent write, Cynth'ya.
Thanks for sharing this. :)
Reviewed by Danielle Mundy 1/16/2005
Excellent write, Cynth'ya. I have never read anything by Gerald but I can tell from the tributes to him that he must have been a wonderful person and writer. I'm truly sorry for your loss.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/16/2005

having not met gerald, i feel i know him through your batch of words. a most profoundly moving, beautiful tribute to a fellow wordsmith. thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.

may his family know that they are in our prayers and hearts
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 1/16/2005
Your words salute a great man who's words and deeds touched the lives of many. You are not alone in your grief, Cynth'ya, I have read so many tributes here to Gerald.
Take care,
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 1/16/2005
Gerald will live on in your words and thoughts as well as the many who's lives he touched. Profound write!

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