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poetry by j matthew waters

Untitled – Circa 1984

Dedicated to Gary W. Keena
March 1, 1952 – February 1, 2013


What have you to live for
before you leave this world? before you’re on your own?
What cause will you die for
in your final hour? at your greatest need?

Tell me before you leave, what have you to say?
Tell me of the lonely riddle and the unknown way.

Old man, sit up straight,
don’t cough away your life…don’t hide your eyes.
Listen to my words of wonder;
do they matter? who really cares?

Answer me one question
before you leave this world…to satisfy my fear.
Tell me if you know
where you’re going next…tell me of paradise.

Today, today, it yearns for yesterday;
take me back one day so I might know the secret of creation.

Tell me before you leave, what have you to say?
Tell me of the lonely riddle and the unknown way.


About Gary


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recorded and posted february second two thousand thirteen
originally written circa nineteen eighty-four
copyright j matthew waters
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3 thoughts on “Untitled – Circa 1984

  1. This is such a wonderful tribute to Gary. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. cyberbonn on said:

    I’m very sad to hear of Gary’s passing. He always spoke so fondly of his wife. Life is so fleeting and precious. Live every day to the fullest. 😦

  3. cyberbonn on said:

    Reblogged this on The Bonny Blog and commented:
    RIP Gary

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