Lee Crowell

George's Shoes

my father in law is at the end of his life
his name is George and I don't want him to go

but we all leave
we just don't have to think about it right now
unless we're already in George's shoes

and it's sort of bittersweet
that there's not a living soul who wants him to go
he is loved that much


(George Derby, born April 24 1920, died May 9 2009, I will not forget him)

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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  • Fading Heart (6/3/2009 3:27:00 AM)

    you must feeel so strong about this person if you would write apoem that good about them.
    I thank you for sharing withme i know i will never forget this poem i hope others see that two

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  • Winnie Angel (5/21/2009 6:53:00 PM)

    a loveable feel...sweet and genuine too...beautiful tribute to HIm..May His soul restin peace....

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  • Victor SklyarovVictor Sklyarov (5/8/2009 2:42:00 PM)

    Dear Lee,
    I Mark 10 for your poem, but not for the message. I, a Russian, will never regard sodomites as a norm but only as pertverts despite any conventions concluded by any perverts. Here I accept responsibility with George Bush collaterally.

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  • Bob Gibson (5/7/2009 11:27:00 PM)

    There is a time when we must go
    live like a river in full flow
    from moutain stream to river mouth
    our lives are as simple as north to south!

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  • Kim Wagener (5/3/2009 5:25:00 AM)

    sweet and precise. great work.

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  • Sathyanarayana M V SSathyanarayana M V S (5/3/2009 4:47:00 AM)

    You have captured well the philosophy behind life and death in this small yet powerful poem. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Martine Kolber (5/2/2009 3:10:00 PM)

    beautifully expressed! Take care, Martine

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  • Dr.subhendu KarDr.subhendu Kar (5/2/2009 1:37:00 PM)

    that there's not a living soul who wants him to go...........simply wonderful, well penned

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  • Shan Demmings (5/2/2009 11:51:00 AM)

    WOW! ! i REALLY LiKE THiS POEM. i UNDERSTAND iT FULLY! ! i LiKE iT BECAUSE iT HAS iRONY!

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  • Breanni Sharon McduffeyBreanni Sharon Mcduffey (5/2/2009 11:41:00 AM)

    aww i really like this pem my favorite part is when you said not a living soul wants him to go that was just bueatiful

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  • Catrina Heart (5/2/2009 9:54:00 AM)

    We'll only feel and understand truly one's personality when we are in his shoes....nice shrot poem written. Thanks!

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  • Reshma Ramesh (5/2/2009 8:49:00 AM)

    this shows us that we think abt life and death only when we lose someone close to us.......well penned

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  • Sandra Fowler (5/2/2009 7:07:00 AM)

    Your father-in-law sounds like a great human being. Your words
    are bittersweet indeed. This is lovely, Lee.

    Warm regards,

    Sandra

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  • Salu Salu (5/2/2009 1:34:00 AM)

    quite simple....very moving...if anything could touch your heart a bit and pause you to ponder more n more...it's poetrys mesmerism... that does..
    rgrds/salu

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  • Denis MartindaleDenis Martindale (5/2/2009 12:41:00 AM)

    My comments about Lee's poetry were edited to be
    expressed in a separate piece of poetry called:

    Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls

    The home page has a Poet Title search for those
    who would like to see the comments in that way...

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  • Kranthi Pothineni (5/1/2009 10:07:00 PM)

    Well, its a expressive poem with nice sentiments. To be in others shoes and to think like them is really a tough task. The poem may be short but not the theam. Well written.

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  • Chitra - (5/1/2009 9:55:00 PM)

    an apt title to bring out the inevitable aspect of life..the other end of the spectrum but the love of near ones definitely makes the journey to that end a much easier one

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  • Denis MartindaleDenis Martindale (5/1/2009 9:18:00 PM)

    I prefer poetry to be presented at its best. I like to see punctuation and grammar working well together to reinforce the meanings and their phrases and sentences. Otherwise, we see phrases joined to each other, as if the poet has either been lazy or lacked the extra knowledge to improve the work.

    Here, we have a very important work of poetry. It is a matter of life and death. We sense our mortality in the destiny of another. This isn't easy for us to confront. We seek ignorance of such final thoughts. Only those who have been made aware, can truly face death. We look at its empty eyes and see nothing. At first, we are afraid. This is our human existence at stake. If we were merely mortals, then this would be normal. However, humans are not merely mortals. Every single word within us cries out against the waste. I am unique. So are you. There is an expression, 'We will never see his like again.'

    Even so, Easter has taught us that God preserves the lifeforce beyond death. It is the hope of resurrection that sustains us in this life. Those that have this faith in God, believe in the past, the present AND the future and we therefore spend our lives in prayer and good works. No matter where we are, while there is a single thought left within us, we can still pray. This is life. Not the striving for more and more things, while others starve to death.

    Let's be more sympathetic in regard to complete strangers, men, women and children facing terrifying squalor, disease and persecution. It's easy to feel sorry for the Georges of this world, because they are the good ones we don't want to lose. But what about the tiny babies who haven't the strength to lift a finger to do any good works? They are more deserving if left to live a full life than the ones who have already lived for decades... Many of these have never seen a shoe... and they don't even know that each one of them has an eternal soul...

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  • Mohammed AlbalushiMohammed Albalushi (5/1/2009 3:45:00 PM)

    lucky George, he will always be alive in ur heart and all hearts who love him, and ur nice and lovely poem about him, well write dear, its touch my heart

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  • Patti Masterman (5/1/2009 2:24:00 PM)

    I'm sure all that love he must be feeling from his loved ones like you is making
    everything a little easier for him now.

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