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Heath Ledger: Heath Ledger, the actor who played in A Knight's Tale and The Four Feathers, passed away yesterday
Posted by Janee, Jan 23, 2008. 4440 views. ID = 525

Heath Ledger

Posted by Janee, Jan 23, 2008. 4440 views. ID = 525
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This is really not a 'tribute' poem for Heath Ledger - I did enjoy his acting, but the issue at stake in this poem is deeper than simply remembering an actor I happened to like.
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I never knew him at all except as a British soldier,
Forever confused by war and cowardice,
Friendship, loyalty, and the quest for courage -
Who discovered at last his own sense of honor.

I never knew him at all except as a noble peasant,
Whose world was filled with teasing laughter,
Whose eyes glinted with the distant starlight
That was never beyond the reach of his dreams.

Had we met on some crowded street corner,
And he passed, with the polite empty nod
Of the rich and famous who expect to be known -
I would have stayed but a moment in memory.

Yet for his passing there was more grief than I felt
For that lonely old man who lived five houses down
With a dog and three cats, who walked my street each day,
Pausing for friendly conversation with everyone -

Whose name I have already forgotten.

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Josiah T.
Jan 23, 2008
Whoa, did he really live just down the street from you?

Very well written.
   ~Posted by Josiah T., Jan 23, 2008

Jan 23, 2008
No, it was the lonely old man who lived on my street. :) Passing Heath on the street corner was purely hypothetical.
   ~Posted by Janee, Jan 23, 2008

Kenzie Fell Down
Jan 24, 2008
that's sad, but kinda true.
   ~Posted by Kenzie Fell Down, Jan 24, 2008

Feb 13, 2008
Thoreau once said:

"We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate."

This piece reminds me that we have become more concerned about what the media establishment desires that we care about than we are in moving into action in our own sphere.

Thanks for the insight.
   ~Posted by Trent, Feb 13, 2008

Feb 13, 2008
That is a great quote!
   ~Posted by Janee, Feb 13, 2008

Feb 22, 2008
The poem strikes an cord...So does the Thoreau quote.

What a sad little world we live in sometimes...
   ~Posted by ., Feb 22, 2008

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