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Posted by Bill

I thought I ought to write some rhyme,
acknowledging that over time,
Bill and I have shared a name,
which may have brought us both some fame.

Whilst Bill’s fame was on the stage,
mine was on the written page,
and he had talent with his songs
while I was busy righting wrongs.

I had a great respect for Bill,
and now he’s dead I have this still,
for all his music will live on
long after Bill is dead and gone.

I admired Bill because
in his early life he was
not from a privileged descent
and yet, he made that great ascent.

From a poor start, he did not stop
until he rose right to the top,
and through his songs he took control,
expressing himself through his soul.

For him, singing was a career,
where he created atmosphere,
and mesmerised by mellow voice
people listened out of choice.

I loved the way his mellow sound
encompassed me and would surround
me with a sense of contentment
whilst listening to his sentiment.

The fact that we both shared a name,
did not mean we were the same,
but if we had been in some way
then I would think that was okay.

B. Withers 2020

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Apr 04, 2020 9:29 AM
bowsprit : Well done, Bill. A fitting tribute.
Apr 04, 2020 11:40 AM
kmedup : You are a true wordsmith and seem to be composing 24/7. I thoroughly enjoy reading your poetry. Your published collection will be available - when? Karen
Apr 04, 2020 12:52 PM
lovely : Another good one Bill keep them coming. Stay safe
Apr 04, 2020 2:49 PM
Bill : Thanks everyone for your comments. I thought it only fitting that I should acknowledge such a fine talent in in the way that I tend to do best. Karen : When I think I've finished a book and it's ready for publishing, it usually takes at least 6 months to process it to be available on sale. Book 4 on 'Bullying' should be at that stage by Christmas 2020. However, if you are interested in the rhymes, there would be no need for you to purchase them as I would be quite willing to email them to you, if you would like to send me a private message with you email address. Best wishes Bill
Apr 05, 2020 8:34 AM
Puppyluv56 : Awesome ! What a privilege to share a name! Two great artist of a different set! Would have been a privilege to have met A man of the same name With a calling all the same To the lyrical written word Or the lyrics to be heard Two great artists at heart In our minds will always be a part Of the artists of the same name Forever called to fame. My take! Puppyluv lol
Apr 05, 2020 10:17 AM
Bill : Puppyluv, I like your rhyme, and if I had a load more time, I feel that I should write some more, about our Bill whom I adore. Best wishes Bill
May 02, 2020 4:41 AM
Angelicamarie : Bill, I love it! Angelicamarie
Jul 30, 2020 2:00 AM
Bill : Thank you Tessa for adding your supportive comment. I am so pleased you liked the rhyme and hope you'll read and appreciate some of the others too. Best wishes Bill
Dec 28, 2022 7:47 AM
Panko : I loved Bills lyrics in fact he was renowned for being the best lyric writer by Kate Bush!! I saw him live in 1985 at the Cambridge Corn Exchange & never forgot his presence. “Watching You Watching Me” from 1985 was a truly amazing album!! R.I.P. Bill Withers.