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KTC
01-13-2016, 04:28 PM
I know it's awful. I have lost my poetic voice these past years. But I had to write something. He was the first person in the world who said it was okay.



Ode to My Starman Father



In under-the-covers hush
I whispered my childhood secret
to your willing waiting ear,
where no one else could hear.

You did not beat me,
nor hurl acrid invective
to scald me with your steam.

You did not cast me out,
send me onward
into a world made harsh
by lonely hatred.

You whispered back,
be you, my little one,
my sweet.

You gave me breath
when others longed
to take it from me.

One more star now
in the evening sky,
one less Starman
in the morning glow.

I whisper now a thank you,
as you soar away from here,
a thank you both for my freedom,
and for your hazy cosmic jive…

poetinahat
01-13-2016, 05:49 PM
How can finding a voice for love and gratitude ever be awful?

KTC
01-13-2016, 06:29 PM
How can finding a voice for love and gratitude ever be awful?

Why, thank you. That was kind. :)

Stew21
01-14-2016, 09:47 PM
I really like this, Kevin.

Very appropriate for this loss, too.

Lauram6123
01-15-2016, 01:58 AM
I just read it to my teenaged son who loves Bowie. Brought me to tears!

cellajam
01-15-2016, 03:27 AM
I think it's lovely. It so strongly displays his power to reach out and touch his listeners and how effective it can be when someone maintains their integrity. I'm sure it's one of many thank-yous sending him off, I'm glad you wrote it, and that I got the chance to read it.

I especially like:


You whispered back,
be you, my little one,
my sweet.


and


One more star now
in the evening sky,
one less Starman
in the morning glow.

CassandraW
01-15-2016, 04:25 AM
Thank you so much for sharing this with us, KTC.

R.I.P., Starman. You went out with some serious style.

KTC
01-15-2016, 07:00 AM
Thank you all so much. I truly appreciate the feedback. <3

MacAllister
01-15-2016, 10:05 AM
Thank you, Kevin.

I'm still so fucking gutted, and I swear it's getting worse, and so help me, I'm not sure quite how to deal with that sadness, because it's like one MORE awful goddamned thing, on top of a whole list of awful things lately, and damn it...

So I don't think the poem is awful at all. It's the loss that's fucking awful.

And thank you.

Steppe
01-15-2016, 11:31 PM
Liked it very much KTC. Didn't know him, only as a movie star and knew he was music but I knew little else. Your poem makes him a lot more real.

Mclesh
01-15-2016, 11:35 PM
Reading this made me a little misty, KTC. *hugs, hugs, hugs*

I miss him.

KTC
01-16-2016, 01:07 AM
Thank you so much, everyone. Not just for your kind words about my words, but for commiserating with me. It's so sharp and unsettling when someone you didn't know and knew all too well and someone who didn't know you and knew you all too well passes. I know what you are experiencing, Mac... It's pure pain.

William Haskins
01-16-2016, 02:50 AM
Oh no love! You're not alone
You're watching yourself but you're too unfair
You got your head all tangled up
But if I could only make you care
Oh no love! You're not alone
No matter what or who you've been
No matter when or where you've seen
All the knives seem to lacerate your brain
I've had my share, I'll help you with the pain
You're not alone

Just turn on with me and you're not alone
Let's turn on with me and you're not alone (wonderful)
Let's turn on and be not alone (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you're wonderful (wonderful)
Gimme your hands cause you're wonderful (wonderful)
Oh gimme your hands

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jg4ekLG9Zo

KTC
01-16-2016, 03:41 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jg4ekLG9Zo
Thank you for the words and the listen, William. I remember being a little pip of a boy standing in front of the mirror lipsyncing to that song with my hairbrush. I loved the near screech part... I was such a fucking rockstar! Thank you!

lizmonster
01-16-2016, 03:49 AM
*sniff*

Nicely done.