A Poem for Bob’s Passing.

Today is a sad day. We heard of the death of our Bestman and friend Bob. We never lost touch with him but we had not seen him face to face for nearly forty years. Last year we met up with him at our Golden Wedding anniversary and again this year with five other friends from the park we used to go to as teenagers.

For Bob

Playing football after dark
Meeting mates down the park
Two lads growing through their teens.
Full of hopes , fun and dreams.

Both became each others right hand man.
One made best man, so grand.
Each had the others wing
Staying friends was their thing.

© willowdot21

As years went by the meetings dwindled
Though memories were often kindled.
Eventually a yuletide greeting
With promises of a reunion meeting.

The years and miles kept them separated.
Til an anniversary meeting was fated.
Soon the years just fell away
As they celebrated 50 years since that wedding day.

© willowdot21

Then a meeting with friends from the park.
Food and beer talk of aging, having a lark .
Talk of knees and operations
Grandchildren, bills and vacations.

A simple operation on the cards
Who’d of thought the outcome could be so hard.
The heart once so big and strong
Could not cope and he was gone.

We are left behind unbelieving
Only just back together, now left grieving

© willowdot21

9th April 1951 — 22nd April 2022.

73 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 16:06:07

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Willow. ❤


  2. tesscol
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 16:35:30

    This is very sad news.


  3. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 16:45:29

    Peace be with you


  4. noelleg44
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 17:02:26

    I’m sad at your loss, Colleen, but how wonderful that you got to reconnect in recent times. That’s a blessing.


  5. MeRaw
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 17:32:25

    So very sorry x


  6. Maggie
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 17:32:51

    My sincere condolences to you and to Bob’s family. This is a lovely tribute, Willow.


  7. Ritu
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 17:38:31

    So very sorry, Sis 🙏🏼💛


  8. pensitivity101
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 17:55:01

    I am so sorry Willow. Wonderful that you were united for your golden anniversary and recently.


  9. Diary of a Dublin housewife
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 18:02:31

    Oh I’m so so sorry to read this sad news,Willow. Thats heartbreaking. So nice that you got to meet after so many years. Your poem is so lovely and a lovely tribute too, to your friend. RiP Bob . 💔


  10. Sadje
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 18:03:13

    So sorry for your loss. Losing a friend is so hard.


  11. marina kanavaki
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 18:13:15

    I’m very sorry for your loss, my dear Willow. That’s a beautiful poem to honor him by.


  12. Jane Dougherty
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 18:17:51



  13. Marsha
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 18:29:46

    Such a sad event and worse because it’s so unexpected. I’m so sorry for your loss, Willow.


  14. John W. Howell
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 18:38:15

    I’m sorry for both of your loss, Willow. Sad indeed.


  15. trentpmcd
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 19:22:31

    I’m sorry for your loss, Willow.


  16. Dan Antion
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 19:32:30

    Very nice tribute. I’m sorry you lost a good friend.


  17. Lauren
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 19:45:51

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your tribute brought tears to my eyes. Virtual hugs.


  18. beth
    Apr 23, 2022 @ 23:23:23

    I’m so sorry


  19. Miriam Hurdle
    Apr 24, 2022 @ 00:43:33

    Sorry for the loss of the Bestman for your wedding, Willow. It must be quite a reunion at your golden anniversary and met up in the park. What a wonderful tribute you made for Bob! ❤ ❤


  20. jazzytower
    Apr 24, 2022 @ 05:08:52

    So sorry for you loss Willow.



  21. Dr. Digital Philosophy
    Apr 25, 2022 @ 11:03:25

    Sorry for your lost 😔


  22. Dr. Digital Philosophy
    Apr 25, 2022 @ 15:40:00

    Your very welcome 🙏


  23. kwanelewelcome
    Apr 28, 2022 @ 03:53:08

    Strength be with you, I’m really sorry for your loss.


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  25. Lamittan Minsah
    May 01, 2022 @ 08:20:37

    Quite painful. Sorry for the loss. Peace and comfort, I pray. 🌷💐❤


  26. Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris
    May 14, 2022 @ 10:26:45

    The pain of his loss yet the enduring love and friendship ring triumphant through your words Willow. It’s one of the worst things about aging I believe… the subsequent loss of friends, family and beloved pets. He was a lucky and blessed man to have friends like you. ((hugs)) 🙏🙏🙏


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