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A Laureates Throne
by Jon Michael Willey
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
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When first I read their works I was smitten with the beauty they launched into expression. Poetry, as poetry was meant to be, to entertain and sate the reader's desires. To those two inspiring poets I offer my humble tribute in the hope that it is not so inadequate as to offend their skills. To John Flanagan and Gene Williamson.

He sits upon his throne
his Morris chair close at desk
shadows play chase with
the sun's darkening games
through slats of bamboo shades
book shelves submit proposals
some worthy of his consideration
others he dashes to literary hell
they fit not the form he molds
requisite steno pad and pencil
angled to serve the master's will
steeped tea rests comfortably
in a gin fortified, bone china cup
imagination wafts about the rim
his sips are measured in decision
suddenly the graphite captures
a moment destined to be chiseled
upon anxiously waiting paper
creativity lunges at the pencil
sporadic events serving penance
to artistry lesser men lust openly for
day and night play unique tunes
times that captivate a poet's quill
or resist his desires dispassionately
at last inspiration overwhelms him
the thing is done, the thing is done
the laureate has overcome the poem
it has yielded without whimper
the rendering stands in abeyance
'til presentation's forum is blessed


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 10/9/2010
A most fine and meaningful tribute, Jon. Your verses are a gift well-shared. Love, peace, and best wishes to you, friend.

Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 8/10/2009
A profound write Jon. I haven't read Gene,s writings , but do enjoys John,s.!...M
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/8/2009
Oh yes, Jon Michael, you chose two of the finestpoet's in John and Gene,, but your name belongs right next to theirs! this splendid tribute poem proves your excellence as a wordsmith!
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 8/8/2009
I agree with your beautiful tribute to poets John and Gene, Jon Michael...but don't sell yourself short on talent! You weave many a wonderful fabric we wrap ourselves in with your own words, friend.

Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 8/7/2009
An excellent tribute. Not sure I've ever read Gene, but I regularly read John. A formidable piece here with flashes of images and a creative take on the writing process. Love and Hugs,
Reviewed by Michelle Mead 8/5/2009
Well, I have to say that I totally agree. You, Gene and John are three of my favorite writers on here. I see your names and know that what I read will be real, well-written poetry. The talent of the three of you overwhelms me and continually surprises me- love you all- Michelle
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 8/5/2009
so deserving and so well said, now I hope you are not directing him to that second bottle of gin, You and John are very great talents,
bless you! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/5/2009
You are the laureate, and you have conquered this one with fine words sifted through much experience with them. A brandy to that--Cheers.

Reviewed by Kate Burnside 8/5/2009
Bravo! :)) I totally agree with Christine: you are a triune, a triumvirate of regal writers, John. I love the way you give tribute and toast each other here. It seems very Athenian, Olympian to me. May there be a feasting on Parnassus! Indeed, it is great to have such role-models among us. We poets are blessed indeed! :)) xx
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 8/5/2009
suddenly the graphite captures
a moment...
This is absolute imagery. Very cerebral writing Jon.

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 8/5/2009
...a kind heart embraces another (two)...that makes three...and I am so happy to read all of you...amazing work!
love and blessings,
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 8/5/2009
A splendid tribute to two exceptionaly gifted poets, from one in their league...
Peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/5/2009
Perfect, Jon. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/5/2009
A wonderful glimpse at the poet who rules his pen. John and Gene both are so deserving of your fine tribute.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 8/5/2009
...this Dear Jon is masterfully etched with wonderful poetic precision & a lovely vibe to this read too....Yes Gene & John, I can see your work in progessions now! :)
Peace, Love & Inspirations!
Reviewed by Liana Margiva 8/5/2009
BEAUTIFUL POEM!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 8/5/2009
Great tribute for 2 great writers.Take care

Reviewed by Felix Perry 8/5/2009
Indeed this is a lovely tribute for two great writers who we all enjoy here on the den. You did a great job and I am sure they will be pleased to be so honored.

Reviewed by George Carroll 8/5/2009
Haven't followed those two mens works but you have paid them the highest honor with your wonderful tribute to them.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 8/4/2009
Jon, a beautifully written piece for two of my favorite poets as well.
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 8/4/2009

I too am overwhelmed by your generosity. You honor me with
your kindness and the skill of your immense talent.

Thank you.

Reviewed by John Flanagan 8/4/2009
I can't say anything, I just can't, I'm too deeply honoured. Thank you is so inadequate.

Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 8/4/2009

Absolutely fantastic. You could picture the poet through all of his steps until he is finished. I loved the way you wrote this.


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