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Now and Forever -- by Member: Chad Martinez, USA -- added: 6/16/2019 6:22:18 AM

William Willis said:

Hi Chad, Father's Day brings our emotions to the starting line and then we pick up the pen and our words run like the wind. The memories, the photographs and the love.I like "sent by design" as you seem happy with how you turned out I played a lot of soccer in my life and stopped playing 11 asides at the grand age of 38 but still have the odd game of 7 asides now at 52. The game was instilled in me from a young age through my Dad who used to buy me and my brother the latest soccer kits. I was a Liverpool fan when younger as well as supporting Glasgow Rangers (just like Dad.) I respect your sentiment and I do hope your Father reads this. The words " "there is no greater love" ring out dear Chad. Hats off for another charming line as with "It's about our children too. And this poem I write for you.God bless us today And tomorrow...For in spirit I'm with you!" Respect dear sir. ***** Wm.

on 6/25/2019 11:57:17 AM

I Still Miss You Dad -- by Member: Linda Bates Terrell, USA -- added: 6/15/2019 8:55:44 PM

William Willis said:

"I Still Miss You Dad" is filled with love and is a beautiful read Linda. Having a father that appreciates who you are and this is mirrored is what a father/daughter relationship is all about. I too have been blessed with brilliant Dad and Mother too for that matter (just incase she is reading this) Lol! We try to pass on the good things we have learned from our own parents and instill them in others. Wm. *****

on 6/25/2019 11:48:16 AM

A sad Clown ( 100th Chalenge ) -- by Member: Westly Shaw, USA -- added: 6/10/2019 12:04:45 AM

William Willis said:

Hi Westly,taking a hit sometimes spurs us on. I know it does for me. Sometimes one plods along without any foresight and to be honest a kick up the backside is indeed sometimes the order of the day. Whatever was " locked tight" has always been there. It is using our God given gifts to our advantage that counts. Well posted dear Westly./|\ Wm.

on 6/25/2019 11:39:28 AM

A Winner or A Loser??? -- by Member: Banita Lall, India -- added: 6/4/2019 8:44:36 PM

William Willis said:

Hi Banita, the more that you do for some people then the more they expect. The words "You give your smile to others, Then why you get tears in return" is difficult to read. Good people should be rewarded well. I also like " You try to brighten the path of others' like sun, Why is there darkness in your room." There are many contradictions in your poem as again with " You apply ointment on the wounds of others, Why then you are left with scars on your body." I think there are many fools out there and you are not one of them. Keep doing the good things but be wary you are not being taken advantage of. You are the winner here as you have penned an excellent poem that speaks of your feelings. Wm. *****

on 6/25/2019 11:31:21 AM

To Those -- by Member: Thomas Chisholm, UK -- added: 6/4/2019 7:35:14 PM

William Willis said:

Hi Thomas, I have never visited this place and the closest I got to it was watching the film Schindler's List. One of my favourite films. The "scars that do not heal" are still very prevalent today. I think it must be a eerie experience visiting a place like this, I was chilled by many of the lines especially the line "To those whose screams were never heard".A FIVE STAR AWARD WINNER. Wm./|\ *****

on 6/25/2019 11:24:03 AM

Hitting the Wall -- by Member: Priyanka Dhull, India -- added: 6/4/2019 7:17:36 PM

William Willis said:

Hi Priyanka, that wall I have hit so many times. It is taking the hit, getting up, dusting yourself down that will get you through this. You have expressed your feelings most admirably. Wm.

on 6/25/2019 11:19:51 AM

A Clown’s Sad Sonnet/Poem (100th Inspirational Challenge) -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 6/19/2019 10:54:49 AM

William Willis said:

Hi Nishu, I think we made the correct choice with our Inspirational Challenge No100. Infact it was no choice really.....This great poet needs to be heralded and you as one of his avid followers and friend have covered yourself in glory with this one, even through a re-poste. "A Clown’s Sad Sonnet" tells a story of the clown. Outwardly the life and soul but inwardly insecure and filled with haunting sadness. I love the splash of colour at the start with "A palette of paint to paint his face" and also that knowing but scary smile. Verse 2 is deliberate with all the antics we have come to love over the years. Are our children losing their innocence as these "clowns" are paraded in films as eerie and scary characters. Clowns in horror films is becoming a norm. What! I think your perception of the clown can be said of many people who lead double lives, especially in this world of social media. Things are not as they seem and many people loose money through false promises and fake friendships. I am so glad that I have not encountered such on this site. A brilliant take on a glorious title and poem by Roy. A FIVE STAR AWARD WINNER with no banana skins in sight. Wm. RIP-RDK.*****

on 6/25/2019 11:16:34 AM

(Musketeers Tribute Challenge) #100 - "My Life, a Book without Pages" - (for Roy) -- by Member: Richard Gildea, UK -- added: 6/19/2019 9:53:42 AM

William Willis said:

Hi Richard,a most fascinating piece .The religions and Gods of this world,each are avidly followedxin their own right. How blessed the person would be if they can intigrate them and make each be respectful of the other .A big book of openness for all.A most endearing and respectful write.Wm.*****

on 6/24/2019 9:33:05 PM

Roy Kneale Celebration Challenge # 100 "We Gaelic Folk" -- by Member: William Willis, Scotland -- added: 6/18/2019 9:36:58 PM

William Willis said:

Zay.Nishu,Marcia,Eddie and Richard.I thankyou for your kind words.You make me believe in myself .

on 6/24/2019 9:14:29 PM

(Musketeers Tribute Challenge) #100 - "A Graveside Prayer" (for Roy) -- by Member: Richard Gildea, UK -- added: 6/22/2019 11:58:44 AM

William Willis said:

Hi Richard, the bell will roll on everyone's life of that there is no doubt. It's the friends we make and way we carry ourselves in this brief time that counts. "The Campanile"may have been penned long ago but if it gets the RDK seal of approval then it's good enough for a re-post for sure. Seeing things we all do but describing them in a different way. Yes, to me that's poetry. Loving "plots of measured earth" and "words cut deep" by stonemason is very good dear sir. Also hats off to " No mention on the mortar etched of love that will not die." Yes, the stone of rememberance stands and does not say enough really. Memories fade as we age as the scribe will also. Keep the memories dear as in " Of hair that caught the Autumn sun and danced away the gloom Of countenance so bright that darkness dare not be so bold." Superb! A woman who saw inside your soul and knew you better than you did yourself. Words are everything and just saying them or reading them can be beautiful as with " Evening holds my mind enthral with memory of warm embrace As blooms subside and bow their heads in the sadness of the soil." A most accomplished write. A Five Star Award Winner/|\ *****

on 6/24/2019 7:05:12 PM

THE EMBRYOS DEATH -- by Member: Marcia Schechinger, USA -- added: 9/25/2008 12:57:03 PM

William Willis said:

Hi Marcia, the unfair reality of life in the birthing ward. Some booming lines in this sad poem, especially "the child lies in a heap Tearless the womb cries in disbelief Alone" If there is a more strained line on VN, I have read it. A beautiful ending. A small poem but a rollercoaster. Wm. *****

on 6/24/2019 6:41:46 PM

Romance in a bottle -- by Member: Cinde Dreyer, South Africa -- added: 6/19/2019 7:33:24 AM

Samuel Peacock said:

I Agree. I really like this a lot. It touches deep and doesn't let go easily. Thank you.

on 6/24/2019 6:40:07 AM

Broken Arms -- by Member: Satish Verma, India -- added: 6/24/2019 12:49:15 AM

Samuel Peacock said:

Since I do not speak your language I would like to ask you some questions about this.

on 6/24/2019 6:38:23 AM

There is No You. Only Memories. Musketeer 100th Challenge. RDK. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 6/21/2019 10:16:11 PM

William Willis said:

From the heart dear sir! You relate to Roy wonderfully well in this. I like when you state you never met him but the letters exchanged are paramount to your friendship. No fancy words Denis, just plain and simple English with sumptuous rhyme. I really think we shared someone very, very special in Roy and his poetry. A Five Star Award Winner/|\ *****

on 6/23/2019 8:10:25 PM

Still Waters -- by Member: Richard Gildea, UK -- added: 3/10/2012 4:27:43 PM

Frank Davis said:

The problem with loving from afar is the forlorn hope that the beloved will, somehow, come to the secret lover. An occurrence not, at all, likely in reality.. Still waters may run deep; they are also far too still. What can we, then, conclude? I think it is this: We are often simply in love with love. A gorgeously portrayed poem, Richard!

on 6/23/2019 7:28:48 PM

100th Challenge , MY LIFE IS A BOOK WITHOUT PAGES . FOR SIR ROY . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 6/20/2019 7:31:20 PM

Rita Singh said:

Dear Eddie, your poem is so,so true to what ageing brings on.I am still reeling from the sadness of dear Roy..yet, he was always positive and spreading sweetness..he will be terribly missed, he was iconic..beyond which words fail me..Bless you for sharing and honouring Roy..love and regards rita

on 6/23/2019 5:20:55 PM

One day you will understand -- by Member: Reginold Jacob, India -- added: 6/9/2019 8:29:03 PM

Marcia Schechinger said:

Reginold a wonderful poem with powerful words, all these things we seek in this world, will mean nothing after we pass. Let us help mankind and be giving while we are here. God Bless, perfect poem for this Sunday morning.

on 6/23/2019 2:13:38 PM

(Musketeers Tribute Challenge) #100 - "A Graveside Prayer" (for Roy) -- by Member: Richard Gildea, UK -- added: 6/22/2019 11:58:44 AM

Rita Singh said:

What a heartbreaking loss and my heart nearly stopped on reading the RIP's posted , it was to say the least alarming news of Roy, dear,kindest,finest man and what a loss ,what a gaping ,wounding loss. Dear Richard this is a grace filled tribute..yes,shadows grip our hearts too and I for one will take a long,long time mourning..love and regards rita

on 6/23/2019 2:00:13 PM

THE WALL -- by Member: P.K.N. Panicker, India -- added: 6/19/2019 6:10:52 AM

Nishu Mathur said:

A compelling and thought provoking read. Very well penned. Fondest

on 6/23/2019 10:47:27 AM

There is No You. Only Memories. Musketeer 100th Challenge. RDK. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 6/21/2019 10:16:11 PM

Nishu Mathur said:

This is so beautiful Rhymer and expresses that intense anguish, shock, disbelief and grief which is experienced when we lose someone we love. In this case, a moving and emotional tribute to dear Roy, fine poetry. Fondest to you both and take care x

on 6/23/2019 10:39:26 AM

100th Challenge - Musketeers Tribute To RDK - What Could Have Been -- by Member: Kenneth Clark, UK -- added: 6/10/2019 11:47:11 AM

Richard Gildea said:

Hello Kenneth, the concluding lines of your piece are so very moving my friend (truly) - "So much love we left unsaid, wish now what could have been, that summers day, when once I dreamed." - Our friend Roy (I know) was quite taken by your gifted quill, oft' mentioned in private correspondence. He would be delighted to read this lovely offering penned in his honour. God Bless, Aramis /|\

on 6/23/2019 10:36:37 AM

(Musketeers Tribute Challenge) #100 - "A Graveside Prayer" (for Roy) -- by Member: Richard Gildea, UK -- added: 6/22/2019 11:58:44 AM

Nishu Mathur said:

Such a beautiful, heartfelt, touching poem in remembrance of someone so very special and loved, dear Aramis. I remember reading this one before and it’s equally beautiful to read it this time around. Poignant and lovely work. Fondest and take care xx

on 6/23/2019 10:36:20 AM

A Lesson in Grace -- by Member: Frank Davis, USA -- added: 6/20/2019 2:57:29 PM

Richard Gildea said:

Hello Frank, a Child's final memory of their Parent should be one of inspiration and wherever possible one of dignity through fortitude. All who have experienced such loss, remember the final moments forever. What better way to live or die than by the example of One who has gone before. You have a talent for succinct expression my friend. God Bless Aramis /|\

on 6/23/2019 8:02:49 AM

Roy Kneale Celebration Challenge # 100 "We Gaelic Folk" -- by Member: William Willis, Scotland -- added: 6/18/2019 9:36:58 PM

Richard Gildea said:

Hello William, as I have mentioned before, surely there is a job just waiting for you with the Scottish tourist board. My homeland has never been painted in a finer light by any of the greats from yesteryear. A good school friend of mine used to live in a - But 'n' Ben - as part of a family of Eight; bit of a squeeze in just a two roomed cottage (one of which was the kitchen/scullery area). As you can imagine he spent a lot of time outdoors and unsurprisingly became a ''Ghillie" on a nearby country estate in later life.:) I know Roy loved it when you waxed lyrical about the scenic landscape of home. The line which touches my heart is - "Solemn remoteness where silence trumps sound" - I do believe your Rusty Claymore has been kissed by 'The Angels Share' before scribing the page (such is the intoxicating effect on this reader). I love it Noble One, God Bless fae me Aramis /|\

on 6/22/2019 8:40:38 PM

A Clown’s Sad Sonnet/Poem (100th Inspirational Challenge) -- by Member: Nishu Mathur, India -- added: 6/19/2019 10:54:49 AM

Richard Gildea said:

Hello Nishu, I once read of a famous Clown's life story, which could only be narrated by him when in full costume. He felt unable to do it any other way (having left a little piece of himself behind after every performance) - Such is the lot of many poor Souls who are able to make us laugh. Why this should be I am unable to answer (as I often laugh at my own antics). The famous quote of "Laugh and the World laughs with you" - "Cry and you cry alone" comes from a Poem called "Solitude" by Ella Wheeler circa 1883 (well worth reading). Perhaps it is the solitude which every performer experiences from time to time which carries over (for some) after they leave the stage. - "But when night comes, off comes the paint- the nose, the wig, the clothes" - 'what a sight in growing darkness' - (sounds like an old flame I once knew).:) A wonderfully sad piece my dear friend. Big Hugs fae me o'er the Sea. God Bless Aramis /|\

on 6/22/2019 1:53:58 PM

100th Challenge , MY LIFE IS A BOOK WITHOUT PAGES . FOR SIR ROY . -- by Member: Edwin Jepson, UK -- added: 6/20/2019 7:31:20 PM

Richard Gildea said:

Hello Eddie, as our friend Denis has intimated, your poetic skills have reached another level of late (A writer of Books no less).:) I am sure you will agree that our mentor Roy has played no small part in bringing about an improvement in us all. He would certainly have delighted in reading this offering in relation to his own piece. You may well have - "Reached that age" - Noble Brother, but you have lost none of your observational skills (in relation to life). Much love to dear May and all at home. Keep turning the pages my friend, God Bless Aramis /|\

on 6/22/2019 1:20:23 PM

No Love No Pain -- by Member: Jonah Jonah, Nigeria -- added: 6/8/2019 6:55:16 AM

Marcia Schechinger said:

Jonah a soulful poem of lost love and fearing to ever love again, this happened to my brother years ago and now he has been married for over 40 years. To write is good for the soul, but though this was not true love, one day I wish for you to find that truest of love. God bless!

on 6/22/2019 1:11:51 PM

There is No You. Only Memories. Musketeer 100th Challenge. RDK. -- by Member: Denis Barter, Canada -- added: 6/21/2019 10:16:11 PM

Richard Gildea said:

Hello Denis, poignant words in relation to our friend's passing. So many have forged close friendships on this site without ever having met (it must be a Poet thing). We are all open to and supportive of each other in a way which is not commonplace these days. Roy was so supportive of many on VN and indeed to members away from the site (especially in their time of need). I think we all felt a great sadness when he - "stole away" - (as was his wont). We can take comfort in the fact he was not alone, being with his beloved Son Ralph and dear lady at the end. The most meaningful line in your piece for me is - "Just letters exchanged and yet," - 'and yet' says it all, somehow through the written word he reached out to all around the World. He has left a great void in my life and I am sure in many others too. A most engaging tribute piece my friend, I do hope both you and dear Pauline are in better health than of late. God Bless, Aramis /|\

on 6/22/2019 12:59:46 PM