He’s Gone


He’s Gone (for George)

He’s a bust-my-buttons hello
A faithful friend; we’ve
weathered some shitstormish eras
when nothing made sense
(save ourselves and
our good opinion of each other)

The kind of friend you can hug
and not let go
and know
it never has to get weird

The one who understands
the digressions of an alcoholic parent
who is like a child – and can
also laugh at some of the confusion

The one with whom you can
watch movies in total silence
or howl and poke each others’
arms, like “yeah!”

He hit the road again
just now
and I wrote this to remember

He’s a quick-before-we-cry
goodbye

An endless paradox
An understandable conundrum

He’s George

© 2013 Amy Barlow Liberatore/Sharp Little Pencil

Some friends you keep forever. After forty years of our friendship and many years of knowing my husband too, George will always be a part of our lives. We should all be so lucky to have someone like that in our lives!

Posted at ABC Wednesday (V is for VISIT!) and in the margins at Poets United and Imaginary Garden With Real Toads. Peace, Amy

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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. seingraham
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 00:16:27

    Sounds like one of the best Ames…glad to see you writing…I’ve been MIA myself lately so you might have been writing all along, but I really love this!

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  2. vandana
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 03:02:19

    It is a blessing of god to have such a friend and that place of his can no one ever fill.

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  3. http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 04:08:16

    Friends are a crucial aspect of humanity and must be cherished. To be remembered is a form of immortality.

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  4. Roger Green
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 04:58:32

    Yes, precious support.

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  5. J Cosmo Newbery
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 05:07:22

    A precious friend, by George. A beautiful and touching piece, Amy.

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  6. brian miller
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 05:32:34

    it is rather lucky to have friends such as george…those long standing friendships as well gain depth and understanding…i hope he is ok, as at first i though this meant he had passed on, and if he has, i am sorry for the loss of that relationship

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  7. Sara v
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:32:32

    A wonderful sum of friendship. We should all be so lucky, and I love the word “shitstormish” :-) Nice to see you back!

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  8. Rajesh
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 08:37:52

    Very well written for a friend.

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  9. Jae Rose
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 08:56:46

    Isn’t silence the test of real friendship and love..real friends should always be treasured..here’s to all the George’s (and Amy’s for I am sure he would say the same) in the world x

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  10. lupitatucker
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 10:30:11

    You captured your feelings towards George in a way that I can relate, very beautiful! Those are the kinds of friendships that make our lives full, the kind of friendship that begs for a poem.

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    • Sharp Little Pencil
      Dec 16, 2013 @ 23:14:19

      Lupita, it’s funny. Friendships between straight guys and women are tricky, for sure, especially the long-term ones. But George is too cool to miss – he’s a keeper! Gracias (just saw your “Fumo” post!), Amy

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  11. Carver
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 11:03:50

    You are such a gifted writer. I wanted to let you know that you were correct about my shot being in full color although it wasn’t very colorful.

    Reply

  12. Sherry Blue Sky
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 11:28:43

    Oh yes, friends like George are so rare. Such a blessing! Love “he’s a quick-before-you-cry goodbye”.

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  13. Eusebeia Philos
    Dec 15, 2013 @ 07:10:23

    dang…so few friends like this in our lives…great job of acknowledging your friend and his influence in your life…

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    • Sharp Little Pencil
      Dec 16, 2013 @ 23:20:49

      Eusebeia, thanks so much for commenting! It’s true… in fact, some people don’t let anyone in this close, which is their loss. Lifelong friends are treasures. And George is worth every good word I said about him. Coming to your blog now… Peace, Amy

      Reply

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