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  They Told Me a President Died
by Nordette Adams
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
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Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.
(July 14, 1913–December 26, 2006)
Wednesday, December 27, 2006; 12:30 AM
Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., who became the 38th president of the United States as a result of some of the most extraordinary events in American history and sought to restore the nation's confidence in the basic institutions of government, died Tuesday.

His wife, Betty, reported the death in a statement.

See link to full Washington Post story below poem.

They Told Me a President Died
By Nordette Adams

Who mourns when presidents die,
if formerly of service and aged
by life well-lived?
Their souls've escaped the fleshly assassin,
not caved into early grave,
nor succumbed
to a sickness that culls sobs from the masses,
but have passed by natural balance
to eternal sleep,
or risen heaven bound,
or slipped to hellish memories of deeds
poorly done.

Was that a great one
who left us?

We love as simpletons for only
history tells an honest tale,
weighs his deeds,
gives fair power to whatever creed
a leader held.

We mourn our days, if better in his time,
and our loss more if we may see
blessed fruit from his labours,
or we dance at his passing if we may ascribe him crimes,
or do as some and in all things
make a man's bones saintly.

We speak not ill of the dead.

We lay roses on bodies,
and offer greater charity to dust
than to Divinity's breath-filled clay.

(c) Copyright 2006 Nordette Adams

Former President Ford Dies at 93,
The Washington Post, Wednesday, December 27, 2006



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Reviewed by Thomas Mutchler 7/8/2013
Awesomely sweet write. I saw Ford as one of the lesser-imposing Presidents, yet 2 assassins (both female) tried to kill him.

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 2/5/2009
Nordette this is a beautiful tribute to President Ford! Keep these coming
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 6/7/2008
Remember hearing it on radio. He was old and was honored very well at his death. He did accomplish lots in life and during his days as President. Noone will ever be like him now on. He served his country well and the USA.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 4/29/2007
VEry Deep and Thoughtfully written Nordette!
Important Tribute well written~
WArmly, WArrior Lady Sheeeoox

STay POsitive!

P.s. YOur Bio page is constructed very nicely! I enjoyed!
And... On to your other site~
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 1/14/2007
never thought about Ford that much. Presidents can make of break though. enjoyed
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 1/4/2007
Well done! Holly
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 1/2/2007
resting place here in Michigan
soul bound forth
Reviewed by a longstocking (Reader) 12/31/2006

Once again, you've gotten right to the heart of the issue. I hadn't been hearing much response about President Ford's death, and had been a little dismayed by the apathy I perceived. Your poem is a great tribute to the man behind the presidency. At the end of the day we are all human beings, without the titles and frills. Thank you for the poem, and for bringing Kiplings' "IF" back from distant memory.

Your mother was a wise woman to also share with you the gift of true words and values.

Thank you
Reviewed by E T Waldron 12/28/2006
Excellent Nordette!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 12/28/2006
Well done, Nordette, as others have said. In the sense that, not only are your primed poetic powers demonstrated here in your usual intriguing and intelligent way, but you even-handedly give both merit and notoriety your scrutinising attention and drill your details in the most engaging way. One ALWAYS interacts with your work, always works - but seldom is "work" such pleasure. You are a very fair-minded person who, in another life, would have trained admirably for the bar... not the alcoholic one, neither! Great questions; fine oration - all as befits the passing of greatness... or meekness, come to that. A very Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours in New York and wherever, and I STILL live in hopes of a good old knees-up when I eventually make it Stateside. You wield your pen like a dancer - the tango, mostly! :)) Full of poise and respect, as we might expect from you! LOL K xx
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/28/2006
A fine and worthy tribute, Nordette. Blessings to you,

Reviewed by William Haynes 12/28/2006
You do write beautifully regardless of the subject. I liked Ford, he was hard not to like. Sort of like Barney Fife.
Reviewed by A PAX 12/28/2006
Well done Nordette, ty
happy holidays to you and yours
pax Anita xo
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 12/27/2006
This was an outstanding write...I mean outstanding!!!

Reviewed by Sherry Heim 12/27/2006
I had the pleasure of meeting and spending a bit of time with, then President Ford so many years ago and what I remember about him is that he was truly "a nice man." He remained quiet and didn't make any big waves after leaving the White House, remaining the gentleman he had always been. It is difficult to mourn anyone who has lived such a full and satisifying life as he did, but as a nation, we will show him the same respect as we show all of our Past-Presidents when they depart. As a nation we will mourn, but I believe it will be tempered with an understanding that he left peacefully after a full and satisifying life. Very good write, Nordette.
Take care,
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 12/27/2006
"We love as simpletons, may never know,
for only history tells an honest tale,
weighs the deeds,
gives fair power to whatever creed
a leader held."

That's one of the most truthful statements I've read in ages! We live in a world of boxed instant food, instant gratification, mass hysteria-fly-off-the handle and go with the flow. There are no instant answers, you're right. You're absolutely right.

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 12/27/2006
Excellent write!!

Thanks for sharing!!

love Tinka
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 12/27/2006
Good comment about history being the judge, Nordette. Sometimes we don't live long enough to see the impact of our own times. Wonder who gets to clean up the mess we're in now. I don't even want to speculate.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 12/27/2006
I recall President Ford's term in office...I agree with Richard, he walked into a mess that was left behind..Watergate..what a mess it was! You've penned an honorable tribute my friend.
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by richard cederberg 12/27/2006
"Was that a great one
who left us?"

My mama told me once never to judge anyone until you walk for awhile in their shoes. I never envied President Fords shoes. I believe that he was certainly one of many that were, and are great in this country. He carried a burden with the Watergate scandal that still chills me when I see the pictures. Brown, Ford ... I wonder who's next Nordette.

Blessings to you for this fine tribute.
Richard Lloyd Cederberg
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 12/27/2006
Excellent writing, as usual, Nordette.

James Brown will be mourned, too. Great soul people are hard to
come by anymore, it seems. The "old ways" keep getting pushed out
of the way by the hard rockers and rappers, I think. Maybe I am all
wet on this...but I do know one thing...I LOVE the old blues and
soul artists...vocal or instrumental...and I can never get enough
of them.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/27/2006

Compassionate, worthy tribute in honor of a great man. Well done, and thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 12/27/2006
A respectful and honorable tribute, Nordette...thank you

Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten 12/27/2006
An honorable write, Nordette! And, yes...we do love as simpletons, is there any other way? Great line!
Enjoyed this! God Bless his soul...
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 12/27/2006
"We love as simpletons..." love this phrase and how true. thanks for sharing
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 12/27/2006
"They Told Me a President Died" strikes the bells of TRUE Patriotism for it reminds one of a man that RESPECTED AND OBEYED THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAN as a citizen and as a STATEMAN.

I enjoyed the reading of "They Told Me a President Died".

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by J M 12/27/2006
A tribute of honor and a dedication.
Blessed 2007 Nordette.
Reviewed by Rusty Daily 12/27/2006
This was touching and well written Nordette.
Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 12/26/2006
According to Shakespeare, the evil that men do lives aftem them. I don't suppose this is the case with this President, apart from his human common errors. Great poem. Victor

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