Martin Swords
Tiglin, Wicklow, Ireland
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Bob Dylan, And Me.

Rating: 4.1
I know Bob Dylan well.
Grew up with him,
We all did.
He was the voice
We didn’t have.
Said the words
We didn’t know to say.
Such words.
He saw and sang
Of things we saw
Yet wouldn’t speak about.
Where we were awkward,
He was talkin’ out.

For forty years
I’ve looked up,
Listened up, to him.
Now changed, aged, yet
Both forever young,
I’m glad we grew together
In interesting changing times.
We never met,
But it’s alright.
We spoke.
We played our parts.
He needed me to listen all along.
The singer sings
So others hear the song.
Manonton Dalan 18 January 2016
klap klap klap a dedicated fan...
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Kim Barney 18 January 2016
A great tribute to a great poet. Congrats on having it selected as poem of the day!
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Paul Reed 18 January 2016
Grew up with him, we all did... great line
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Rajnish Manga 18 January 2016
An unconventional and contemporary relationship between a renowned singer and his fan remembered and delineated beautifully through this lovelypoem. A great tribute to Bob: I’m glad we grew together / In interesting changing times / We never met / But it’s alright /... The singer sings / So others hear the song.
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Edward Kofi Louis 18 January 2016
The singer sings! And his friend puts down the notes. Nice dedication.
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Susan Williams 18 January 2016
Well written tribute to the poet AND his readers- a symbiotic relationship if there ever was one. Well done.
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Mel Tisdale 15 December 2011
I too, grew up with Bob Dylan, but we have grown apart. I went to see him live in London and walked out when I realised that the din he was making was actually Desolation Row. This is one of my favourites, yet he was more than half-way through before it dawned on me. Sad, very sad.
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Terri Turrell 09 November 2009
I like the clever way you interact with Dylan here...having never met, you still become intimate with him, for his part is of no use...without you to do yours. Beholden to each other..nice
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Goran Gustafsson 22 May 2009
Bob sums your poem up well with his latest album 'Together Through Life'
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Jasmin Whyte 03 February 2009
those last two lines are so powerful. You have a great ability to say it how it is. Thank you
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