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Once More Around The Lake
by J.A. Aarntzen

Sunday, June 08, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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This poem is dedicated to my neighbor of over 30 years, Jack, who died last night. He was a good hearted man with a passion for his family, Stoney Lake and carpentry.

Once More Around The Lake

Once more around the lake
Let me feel the water on my toes
As I for the last time cross the wake
One more nail to hammer
Let me finish my final creation
Let it be pronounced without stammer
One more season to coach
Let me at last be the winner
As my final day does encroach
Once more up the long hill
Carrying a lifetime in my grip
Let my heart be the legs of my will
One last time let me see the sunshine
And feel the wind across my face
And know everything that is mine
Storyteller On The Lake
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Reviewed by Deborah Munson (Reader) 6/14/2008
Beautiful tribute to a dear man from a dear friend. Your words above are penned in honor forever. Deborah
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/8/2008
"Carrying a lifetime in my grip"
a powerful line here-well written
Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/8/2008
Let my heart be the legs of my will

is a particularly well conceived line
Good work!
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 6/8/2008
How blessed for Jack to have had a friend with a poet's heart who can honor him in such a heartwarming, genuine way as this beautiful piece. I knew from the title this poem was yours before even clicking on it, but I certainly did not anticipate the inspiration behind it. I am sorry for your loss and I am sure you will always feel Jack's spirit within the breezes that will gently blow across the Lake's still waters.
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 6/8/2008
This is sad & heart rendering but a tribute to one who had brought to you respect for him and his workings. Those things will remain with you as memories to keep tucked inside to often remember and to be thankful you knew him. "No" one will ever be able to remove the imprint he left with you...think about it and be so thankful you knew him.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/8/2008
So sorry you neighbor has passed into eternal glory. But he is better off and now has all the time in the world to do things. His work down here on earth was finished according to his maker, our is not, we know not why or sometimes we know not why we still must abide here. Pray to God tonight and this is a good writeup for you neighbor. You will miss him but his spirit will come to you and peace will be brought to you too. It just takes time.

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