Heading South

Heading South

My friend put on her traveling gown
for London was her sort of town
where mouths share tales and shoulders rub
when friends or strangers meet at the pub.

My friend put on her traveling gown
for Paris was her sort of town—
gone to the boulevard to eat
where strangers she perchance would meet.

A demitasse or two, or more,
a shared baguette or petit four—
approachable down to the bone.
Better not to eat alone.

She was a traveler, born to roam
when she was not ensconced in home.
Back home, a cat upon her lap.
Away from home, a well-creased map.

On maps, the south is always down,
be it Paris or London town.
So be not sad or down at mouth.
Our friend is merely going south!

As I grow older, I like to think
one day we’ll meet there for a drink.
Well-versed, our friend will show us where
to sip our coffee in open air.

Or snuggle in for shepherd’s pie
in company fit for roving eye.
To lift a pint or raise a glass
once we have joined her there en masse.


(Word came yesterday that my friend of 49 years had passed away in a London hotel room, where she was just finishing up a month long vacation.  If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, go HERE.)

Marilyn suggested this song which my poem reminded her of.  It is one of my favorites, so I’m including it here…the link provided by okcforgottenman. In his words,  ‘It is Fort Worth Blues, written by Steve Earle in tribute to the then recent passing of Townes Van Zandt. You can see him sing it HERE- in a Townes tribute on Austin City Limits. It’s a worthy tribute to Grimmer, too, I think.’

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13 thoughts on “Heading South

    1. okcforgottenman

      Marilyn, I believe you’re thinking of Fort Worth Blues, written by Steve Earle in tribute to the then recent passing of Townes Van Zandt. You can see him sing it -here- in a Townes tribute on Austin City Limits. It’s a worthy tribute to Grimmer, too, I think.

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    2. lifelessons Post author

      Hope you saw okcforgottenman’s reply. He knows every song every written or sung by anyone or the means to find out!!! I love Steve Earle and his sister Stacey as well. I’ll check out the song.
      I absolutely LOVE that song and have it on both my ipod and my computer..Sent to me of course by forgottenman. He is my music stylist!!!

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  1. Carol Arledge

    Judy, How profoundly you have spoken for all of us who truly loved Grimmer. Thank you. I have signed up for emails from your blog and am delighted to know about it. I am on my way to Amazon to buy your books and relish each word. I feel so lost and rather empty with Grimm no longer on earth with me…I hope she is soaring with God, awaiting our reunion. Love you so, Carol

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Wouldn’t she have loved this? I know. Every time I’ve thought of her for two days, I’ve teared up. It reminds me not to put things off. Ever. Glad I will now be talking to you, as well, every morning when I write my blog. oxo

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      1. Carol Arledge

        How right you are. I look forward to hearing from you each morning! I am so full of regret for allowing my health (advanced chronic Lyme Disease and Morgellons Disease) to keep me from taking the opportunity to stay in touch/visit Grimmer and all of my beloved friends like you, Herd, Marti, Riki, and others for these fleeting years. How sorry I am. How I would cherish another glimpse of her unique, captivating smile. I love you the same as ever!

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          Carol, I heard about your Morgellons disease and read as much as I could about it. It has to be the strangest and most frustrating condition. I hope you have been able to discover some treatment or palliative course of action..oxox

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I’ve heard his sister several times opening for Chris Smither. I actually knew who she was before my music stylist introduced me to her brother. What a talented family. I love Townes as well. I’m about to listen to the entire night’s tribute to him. Thanks for commenting, Marianne. Funny that the lyrics were the exact opposite to Judy’s taste in cities, however. She was definitely a Paris/London girl.

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