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Travelling Companions

Niall and I are going the same way -

Into our future

Away from the past.


Small boy with a dinosaur,

Old man with his Zimmer.

We both have our kinship.

How long will it last?


Both are ungainly,

Resembling clowns.

Niall 'the annihilator'

'Old' John's puzzled frown.


Niall's very busy, learning fast,

And I am busy forgetting.

He is establishing spatial directions -

While I'm slowly losing all mental connections...



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Jon Best
Jon Best
Apr 16, 2023

There is a symmetry to the poem and although going in different directions still travelling together

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Jes Derry
Jes Derry
Apr 16, 2023

A mix of emotions stirred here John. I went from, “happy, funny, to sad”. That is a skill in so few lines. It’s beautiful thanks for sharing.

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John Dallison
John Dallison
Apr 16, 2023
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🙂 Many thanks to you, too! It is my personal favourite.

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Alison Blevins
Alison Blevins
Apr 15, 2023

Wonderful

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Nigel Smith
Nigel Smith
Apr 11, 2023

Wonderful John, a description of difference, young & old, yet your words elevate it into poignancy, memory and even spirituality.

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John Dallison
John Dallison
Apr 13, 2023
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🙂 Thanks, Nigel, for your highly perceptive words. This is my personal favorite poem at present!

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Stephen Kingsnorth
Stephen Kingsnorth
Apr 11, 2023

"Many a true word..."

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