Fall knocks slowly: In Memoriam, Bill H. and Sean

Note: multiple tanka to make one poem

Bill Hamilton, a wonderful man full of bravery and love, passed away this week.  He did a blog on coping with COPD.  He fought the good fight, he ran the race with dignity and bravery and humor.

Sean also passed this week.  A sweet Irish soul who deeply loved his family and friends.  He’s gone home.  OOOOOOOOOOOORAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Fall Knocks Slowly
Fall knocks slowly at
Summer’s door: an old friend with
Shyness at returning and
Maybe told to leave.

Leaves turn yellow and
Slowly drop on green grass and
Turn brown to be swept away
By summer’s breezes.

Breezes once warm start
To be chill at evening
And daylight’s gold faster fades
To early ev’ning.

Ev’ning comes too soon
For those of us who love the
Sweet warm days and azure skies
But summer opens

The door to fall and
The visitor glides in and
Settles down to stay until
Winter bids it go.

In the cold winter
Night stars seem to burn brighter
Heaven’s nightlights to keep us
Safe while we sleep and dream of spring.

Spring returns and wakes
Us from long cold sleep singing
Awaken arise and bloom
Again with joy.

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30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 17:42:00

    An ending and a beginning. Always changing. ❤ ❤


  2. Shaniqua Marie
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 18:21:30

    These photos are so beautiful, especially the ones with the flowers covered in snow.


  3. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 18:45:11


  4. BloomLisa
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 19:09:02

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. My youngest daughter’s name is Summer after the season of happiness, sunshine and life. You captured the essence of how I have been feeling this week with such elegance. Light and love!


  5. Franz
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 20:14:06

    Oooohh. Aaaahhh. Where did you take the pictures at?


  6. Tina Blackledge
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 23:29:02


    Your words and photographs are beautiful. Your talent shines brightly, as it always does. Thank you for sharing.


    • kanzensakura
      Sep 05, 2014 @ 03:57:11

      Tina, thank you so very much for these kind and amazing words. I know that you, like me, write from the heart. I’ve never felt my writing was that good, but.I always know I,,ve tried my best. In this poem, it truly does.not say enough about two incredible people.who died.


  7. Aquileana
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 09:43:53

    Marvelous progression of the annual seasons…
    Love the cyclical roundings of your poem!.
    Best wishes and happy weekend to you, Aquileana 😀


  8. huntmode
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 19:30:25

    Dear heart Kanzen, such grace and honor you have given to these two loving men. Please, if you wish, return to your original title – you did my family and Bill’s great honor. Love, Huntie


  9. huntmode
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 19:59:59

    Reblogged this on Chasing Rabbit Holes and commented:
    Kanzen, you honor and pay tribute with such grace to two good men, Bill and Sean. Thank you. I shall be forwarding to my family and Sean’s Friends. Thank you. Love Huntie


  10. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.
    Sep 07, 2014 @ 02:29:02

    Kaizen – A beautiful and loving tribute to the men and their families we’ve become acquainted with here in the blogging world.


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