The Missing One

by James Eaton

Between these stars and the planet Mars,
Lies an endless void of space,
Throughout this stygian darkness,
We see your angel face,

So close the Moon, with silver boon,
To light this darkened place,
We feel your soul's vitality,
Too soon you won your race,

This planet Earth, so full of mirth,
Whenever you were near,
So dignified, you never cried,
When all around was fear,

Now we exist, while you are missed,
We know you are around,
We hope that we may meet again,
Though we are sorrow bound,

Through life so long, we miss your song,
Your guidance and your cheer,
So many voices clamouring ,
For you to reappear,

We started off through stygian space,
Repeat, you won your mortal race,
In heaven, maybe, you may wait,
Beside that fabled, golden gate

Through joyful fabrication then,
The mysteries we'll share again,
With singing loud and laughter's tear,
We'll hold you then, forever near.

August 2015

Age 70, born in Liverpool Uk 1945. When in early teens attended the famous Cavern Club Liverpool and was a Beatles fan before they had a recording contract. My school pal was Brian Patten who went onto become a well known Merseyside poet along with Roger Mcgough and the late Adrian Henry. Although a dedicated Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison fan, I became mesmerised early on by American Country and Western music and followed all the mainstream stuff of the 50's and 60's Hank Williams, Marty Robbins, Jim Reeves, Hank Snow, Skeeter Davis, Chet Atkins Johnny Cash, The Carter family, Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard and many more. Later following Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys and also the works of Jimmie Rodgers, the "Singing Brakeman" I read a lot of Gothic fiction when younger. Edgar Allen Poe's short stories and poetry. Ambrose Pierce, Guy De Maupassant, Bram Stoker and H.P.Lovecraft., Enlisted in the British army and served my time in Germany and Malaysia, where I met my wife of 45 years, plus. In Malaysia I became very interested in the reptiles, mainly the snakes, of that country and I still keep and breed snakes as a hobby, to date. I have a small reptile room at home where I maintain a variety of snakes, at this moment there are 65 snakes in my care. I have always liked poetry and was impressed early on by the output of the Canadian poet Robert W. Service. I was particularly impressed with Hank Snows Superb renditions of those poems. My poetry writing was always a struggle until a couple of years back when we lost our beloved daughter Anita, This personally tragic event stimulated something within and my poetic writing has improved somewhat. Forgot to mention I am a "closet singer" and have a repertoire of Buddy Holly and Country songs.

Last updated September 17, 2015