Had the thrill of seeing a favorite performer on Thursday as Paul McCartney played Buffalo for the very first time.
We’ll explore the famous people you’ve seen or actually met in your lifetime. Write a tribute poem in their honor. Aside from Sir Paul, I had the privilege of meeting Olympian Jesse Owens when I was a young man. His story and inspiration had a profound affect on me. Who will you write about?
THE KING OF THE COWBOYS
There was once a performer named Roy
who was famous, a popular goy;
in his movies and singing
he always was bringing
such joy to this tenement boy.
His wife was the Queen of the West
and his marksmanship always was best.
When he rode forth on Trigger,
he seemed grander and bigger
than presidents, popes, and the rest.
On the day that I happened to meet him,
I was startled that I was to greet him;
he stopped and said hi
then he quickly passed by
before the big crowd could mistreat him.
The fame of a star can be fleeting,
but from that mere wisp of a meeting
I saw in his smile
such great warmth without guile
that I still feel the joy of his greeting.
Happy trails to you (wink). great memory.
Oh, William, this is wonderful! I remember them well. I love the rhymes in here, and the flow.
October 2015, first StoryCon in Minnesota,
he seemed like a scrawny kid, though almost 40,
tall and thin, bespectacled, somewhat shy,
wearing jeans, plaid shirt and sneakers.
When he entered, the nerds went crazy.
Most knew him from the Vlogbrothers,
a YouTube show done with brother Hank,
that has a following of millions.
He made Time’s 2014 Top 100 influential people.
He has written four best-sellers for young adults.
One book has become a movie with another in the making.
“Be awesome!” he says.
He sets the example
with Project for Awesome
when he raises money for worthy causes.
You never know what one person can do
until you try.
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Oops, his catch phrase is, “Don’t forget to be awesome.”
I like this, especially the way the final line reads almost as a direct challenge.
Stop in the Name of What
we went to see the Supremes
but they were just tiny dots
on a far away stage
seats at the top of the world
no jumbotron in my youth
I am smiling with recognition.
so glad It left you smiling 🙂
Isn’t That . . .?
There are lines you remember
from movies that become
an intrinsic part
of your vocabulary.
For me, funny lines
are easier to use
and recall. Plus,
you keep a chance
to laugh in your pocket.
Upper west side
afternoon on a wintry
day. I say to my husband,
“Isn’t that Woody Allen?”
He was coming from the opposite
direction. We would be face
to face in a minute. Woody
pulled up the collar of his
jacket, eyes downcast
as he passed us. We peered
at him out of the corner
of our eyes, like two spies.
Excited, but mute, we watched
him walk down the block.
What did we expect–
a pratfall, a witty remark?
What would we have said
to him, anyway?
I love this, especially, for me, “… keep a chance / to laugh in your pocket.”
Way back in nineteen seventy nine
My Kind of Lady queried me
Listen to Me Please, she said with a smile
It’s Raining Again and we need a ride
To see Supertramp live in Heidelberg
Got you a ticket and a tank of gas
Just Put on Your Old Brown Shoes
Don’t Hide in Your Shell you Dreamer
Let’s pick up Rudy and hit the road
We’ll eat Breakfast in America on the way
And after The Logical Song plays
And we feel like we’ve Gone Hollywood
We’ll tell everyone “Goodbye Stranger”
Then we’ll Take the Long Way Home
Free as a Bird? Bloody Well Right
© 2015 Earl Parsons
I don’t know a one of these titles, but I get the idea. Wonderful.
Everyone should experience Supertramp. Great music and lyrics.
I’m so glad you had that experience, Walt!! I’ve been wracking my brain for this one…I don’t think I’ve met one famous person, (yet!). Maybe next time…thank you for the prompt!