Friday, 11 October 2013

Chalked daffodils

That lad: you’ve never met
but you know he’s there,
a lad – not now perhaps,
or still perhaps
(hiding behind that greying hair) –
that lad with an obvious flair
of giving reason to the rhyme,
the rhythms’, the reasoning of life.

He thinks of things,
well thinks out things,
that man, that lad, that David King,
he gives off the air of innocence
as he writes (abstract)
of brutish bears and angel wings
in such a way that anything is possible.

He says his life began
when his good lady became his wife
and how good is that how good that man,
that man, that lad who  could who can
(still) inspire that fire within the heart of us
to write of things,
of brutish bears and angels wings
and that anything is possible.

He taught me so much by the wisdom,
innocence of his words and my sorrow
is that I did not let him know
or perhaps I did (I hope I did)
in comments in which I bestowed acknowledged 
the greatness beauty simplicity innocence
of his words in which he understood
the complexities of this world
in a way I never will or never could/can.

Chalked daffodils on pavement stone
cut vapour trails where planes have flown.”
The genius in that, the beautiful simplicity,
the electricity it stirred in me,
Dave you will always be the teacher,
the lad, the man, who realised in me
the impossible is not impossible
for if you try you can.


The above is a tribute to the great Dave King who sadly died this week.  He was and still is a great inspiration to me.  He had a wonderful innocence but still a great understanding of this world in which we exist and wrote of it in his wonderful unique way.  I will miss him greatly and wish I had taken the time to know him better.  Friendship is not a thing we should wait for others to initiate – but oft we do.  I first emailed Dave not that long ago – not long before he let us know of his illness.  I held my handout too late and that I regret.  I shall endeavor to do better from now on.  Miss you already Dave and keep writing wherever you might be.

Written in tribute with his fellow friends at dVerse.


Brian Miller said...

smiles...that his life started on meeting his wife...that is def a beautiful part of his wisdom and innocence....yes, that was him....and those are some stellar lines of his...smiles.

Laurie Kolp said...

A lovely tribute, Anna. He was such a wonderful man and will be missed... but his poems live on!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I told Brian Miller today that I actually found Dave through his blog and I enjoyed his poetry so much. What a truly great writ
er he was.

Anonymous said...

A lovely tribute... so wonderful to create such a friendship.

Cressida de Nova said...

Just beautiful Anna!

Anonymous said...

Beautifully penned Anna, a warming and heartfelt tribute to 'a teacher'. I am sure he knows how much he is missed.

Claudia said... which he understood
the complexities of this world .... that always was my impression about him as well...he seemed to be so full of wisdom, experience gained from a full life...

Anonymous said...

expertly turned, and with smiles, Anna ~ M

Gabriella said...

You have penned your tribute in a beautiful manner Anna! And I agree with you that "Friendship is not a thing we should wait for others to initiate".

Björn said...

This is a wonderful tribute, and you write it so tenderly.. and referring to his poetry just makes it better. Great write.

vb holmes said...

Beautifully worded tribute.

Victoria said...

Anna, this is a wonderfully written poem in its own right, made all the more meaningful in the context of it's creation.

Manzanita said...

Such a meaningful tribute to Dave King, a man who paid the highest tribute to a woman.... his wife.

Linda Rogers said...

Oh my goodness Anna~you got me all teared up with this lovely and personal tribute to Dave and how he touched your life. I bet he's dancing in heaven with all this love from fellow poets.

ds said...

Beautiful tribute. He was a teacher for me as well (though I doubt he knew it). Thank you for this--aren't we lucky to have known at least some of his words.

Margaret said...

Thank you for the links to those poems. I didn't know him well, but admired his work when I saw it. He left comments now and again on my blog and they were always very nice. I have bookmarked his blog and plan to read it ... how wonderful a gift for us.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Anna, I only hope Dave can read all of these lovely words - he would be so amazed, wouldnt he? His passing has hit me harder than I would have expected. It puts us all on notice, how fleeting it all is, how swiftly gone.

aprille said...

Anna, so good that you draw in the various stages of his life and make it a complete picture with his lines.

Jenny Woolf said...

I am so sorry that Dave has died. I have been away from my computer this last week and did not realise his end was so near. It's choking. I can't think of anything to write, and I am glad you did.

Jenny Woolf said...

He was one of the few people who seem to "think in poetry" - if that makes sense.

kaykuala said...

I wish to echo your brilliant write, Anna! I too learnt a lot from wonderful Dave! He held that innocence,yes! He was also a great story-teller. What I appreciate most were the historical references that made it an education for me. Gonna miss him truly!


Anonymous said...

Anna this is beautiful and moving tribute. Dave was a very gifted poet and a kind man

Poet Laundry said...

Lovingly told Anna...what a nice tribute to a very kind man.

Kutamun said...

Vale Dave King, a man who offfered me encouragement , no greater fift could he give .......
Thanks Dave

Anonymous said...

Well, this is just beautiful.