~Kim Gamble  to me - February 10, 2012

 "I expect to see verbiage & wit & ol' fashioned erudite lorianne wisdom, should you feel inclined.    Whip us up a poem, love :-)"

well Kim, since you asked...


Flying For Two (for Rita)

Even now
through the din of pain
I remember it all
the music, the laughter
the frayed edge thoughts
of painters and poets

Even now
as I try to explain
what only you could understand
how we dipped and soared
and sometimes tumbled
gliding high above that sea of words

Even now
I can hear the cackle caw of laughter
the chirp and screech of pain
the squawk of call and response...

call and response
even now

These memories, they're like my skin
tattooed with the feathers
of night words spent
trying to imagine flight

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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 22, 2016 at 1:40pm

really lovely, lorianne

Comment by lorianne on February 22, 2016 at 1:41pm

Rita - The connection between you two was obvious and lovely to me. Rare to find in this mad world of ours. I'm so glad he had you... and you him.

Comment by Rosigami on February 22, 2016 at 4:03pm

Beautiful. 

Comment by tr ig on February 22, 2016 at 4:15pm

I said *SMILES* for your poem because I love it. SMILES too for Kim's life and presence at OS which I treasured. We exchanged many private messages including when he first appeared there .. he commented at my blog then pm'd me to introduce himself, charming as hell in a manly man to man way .. ha .. from then on it seemed we had a bond. Truck stop was a legend .. what a thing that was. Kim's painting and sketches always made me SMILE with infectious joy, too. So sad to know he's gone. What a year of loss already. Counting my lucky stars every day, considering mortality. 

Comment by Phyllis on February 22, 2016 at 4:42pm
Lovely poem, L.
Comment by Abrawang on February 22, 2016 at 10:46pm

I heard about Kim's demise and just wanted to add my condolences to all who cared for him.  I enjoyed the exchanges I had with him and I'm sorry he's gone so soon.

Comment by Alysa Salzberg on February 23, 2016 at 4:09pm

What a wonderful thing to share! I didn't have the privilege of knowing Kim well, but I feel like this poem and its preface say so much about the lives he touched and the way he inspired people. I feel like you did Kim proud, and I'm so glad you brought comfort to Rita, as well. My heart goes out to you and to all of Kim's friends and loved ones.

Comment by greenheron on April 18, 2016 at 2:38pm

Have you thought of making a pilgrimage? I can see you doing that. I can see Kim liking that you finally walked on Manly beach. You could take another week and run away again. Seems a fitting way to close the circle.

Comment by Phyllis on April 19, 2016 at 1:31am
I'm glad I finally read this. I picture all of the people we've lost from the blog having a grand party and getting acquainted, holding a place for us when it's our turn to join them.
Comment by greenheron on June 2, 2016 at 3:45pm

April 22nd. We don't get here much anymore.

You're probably still missing him. I was going to switch my avatar back to the old green bird, but it felt wrong, so I'll keep the crazed pirate woman portrait a little longer.

Time is a funny thing. Even if you visited Fairy Bower years from now, it would probably feel as if no time had passed. Kim would still be there in every plant, wombat, kookaburra and cerulean sky. 

Hope you are well these days. Til next time :)

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