Not a worthy excuse

02 Feb


It would make you angry

my not writing

just because

you are gone.


You were the one

who so often

encouraged me

inspired me

pushed me

roused me

applauded me.


You who were the one

who always

expected more

who insisted

‘you are a better writer

than you believe’.


Even on different paths

in recent years

your first question

‘what are you writing?’

your firmest advice

‘write about everything’.


It would make you angry

my not writing

just because

you are gone.


You would not see

my sorrow

at your passing

as a worthy excuse.



© the author writing as Romantic Dominant

I wrote this year last year on the death of a close friend and mentor. Almost on the anniversary I learnt a few days ago of the passing of another friend, not nearly so close, but a friendship that goes back to our teens. A sense of great sorrow. It is a reminder of one’s own mortality when our friends die. Especially when they die before their time.

Art by Anne Magill



Posted by on February 2, 2019 in Poetry, Still Life


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17 responses to “Not a worthy excuse

  1. veveheart

    February 2, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    I could have written this myself. My one, self published poetry book, is filled with what I wrote because of him. I am grateful I was able to give a copy to him. He loved my poems and encouraged me. I haven’t been able to rouse that passion he brought to my words since his passing. Kindred spirits.

    Sent from my amazing IPhone


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  2. scribblingscrabbler

    February 2, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    That “you” wud forever live in ur words… passionate & lively ❣️

    Liked by 1 person


    February 2, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Quite right. 😉❤

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  4. dievca

    February 3, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    If M goes, I would still write. Its a gift he gave to me – the science geek who thought she had no voice. You honor every moment and gift with your writing (and you allow people to take a moment out of the day with your shared gift.) Even with that I am sorry for your loss.

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  5. thereluctantpoet

    February 4, 2019 at 1:36 am

    So sorry for your losses, My Friend!! An amazing poem and a great tribute to one who made you strive to be your best!! Awesome!!! We should all be so fortunate to have a mentor such as yours!!
    Thanks so much for sharing this!!!

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  6. thereluctantpoet

    February 4, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet and commented:
    Do Not Miss This Awesome Tribute To A Writer’s Mentor!!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. inhiscare753

    February 4, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Such a beautifully written tribute.

    Liked by 1 person


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