Walter Augustus Lee

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In honor of Edwin Arlington Robinson...

Walter Augustus Lee

People always touted him,
Walter Augustus Lee.
No one ever doubted him,
Or his sincerity.

He was there to give advise,
You never had to ask him twice.
There was never one as nice,
As Walter Augustus Lee.

Those he knew respected him,
Saw all good reflect in him,
Wanted to connect with him,
And his prosperity.

He always cared for those with less,
Treated them as honored guests.
Sought good will and happiness,
For all society.

He gave away most he had,
Comforted the weak and sad.
Seemed content, never mad,
As far as most could see.

He never turned a heedless eye.
Minced his words for reasons why.
Yes, there was not a nicer guy,
Than Walter Augustus Lee.

Life then took a sudden turn,
Exposed a frailty.
What seemed at first a mere heartburn,
Turned out worse, you see.

Doctors probed and ran some tests,
Bi-pass surgery seemed the best.
When they discovered the seriousness,
They let poor Walter be.

No one came to comfort him,
In his time of need.
He'd wait for God to come for him,
With solemn dignity.

As his last days passed him by,
He just prayed, not asking why,
He knew one day soon he'd die,
Alone and quietly.

Though all his life he had shared,
It seemed as if no one cared.
And so it was no one was there,
When Walter bid goodbye.

I never knew someone who could,
Praise the way he did.
I never really understood,
The final days he lived.

A righteous man with tender hands,
Who always did the best he can.
Somehow seemed a lesser man,
In posterity.

Poor Walter Augustus Lee.


Copyright © December 2010
Kevin Mooney

kmm001
120410

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HarverTomsson commented on Walter Augustus Lee

12-13-2010

Quibbling mention to the accent beat iteruptions easily fixed. Stanza 11, line one could be. . . though all his lifetime he had shared . . .and stanza 12 , line one . . .No one in memory ever could . . . but the rest is a rolicking cadence almost out of place at the end. Maybe that is why you chose to slow it a bit . . . job well done. Harv

rsalassi commented on Walter Augustus Lee

12-05-2010

I cannot tell you how pleased I was to read this. Robinson's Richard Cory is one of very favorite poems..and I think he, too, would be pleased to read this.

Teardrops commented on Walter Augustus Lee

12-04-2010

This is sad in one respect he gave of himself and when he needed comfort no one was there . But it shows he wasnt looking for praise he was a simple , honest man who lived his life to the fulliest great write Kevin Marie

WordSlinger commented on Walter Augustus Lee

12-04-2010

I like this write, it makes me sad, it truly shows the two sides of a human, ty WS, Happy Holidays Kevin,,,,:)

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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