My neighbor, Don, they said he’d die
From whiskies and from beer
But they were wrong, he lost his life
In the springtime of the year.
On and Arctic lake, on virgin trail
Far from roads and cities
As Don would win where most would fail
His death, I guess was fitting.
For he’d done work of varied kind
Out wild in un-touched spance
It’s true he’d done much in his time
Worked hard where most men can’t.
His dozer broke down through the ice
Of a lake unmarked, unseen
Where all was white, at that site
Somehow that ice was thin.
Now Don was rough both hard and tough
And he’d cuss and curse his share
And I’d doubt Don much ever feared
When he’d go, then he got there.
Except that day his dozer dropped
Then quick Don left this world
And sad, for sure, just months before
Old Don had lost his girl.
Now I still wish that Don could stop
Say “hi Dee” one more time
He’d probably say I rant and rave
Though Don was friend of mine
Here’s what I’d say, part anyway
Though I know he’d answer me,
His words be short and quick that day
“Mind your own damned business Dee.”
I’d say, Hey Don, they all were wrong
‘bout your drinking’ just for starters
You didn’t drink to darn much booze,
But, Don, to damned much water.
Sure, I don’t know, how could I guess
Or try pretend with breath
What man might say, passed away
Into unending death
With that, enough of stupid stuff
And I’d quit with this my friend.
For you and many other known
I pray, the endings not the end.
With this P.S. in memory
You worked, I guess, to long
But still it’s true, at least for me
I wish you hadn’t gone.
Now I miss you stopping by my place
Since that day you left
Of all Gods great, big human race
~no more like you, I’d bet
Where very few across this world
Like Don, weighed gold in pounds
I don’t forget how it was said
“A lot of gold Don found.”
But what the heck and what the hell
You had to go away
~At least was not a lay-round death
for a man, the best, that day
Working far and breathing free
Crossing land, untouched
As far as death, guess that’s the best
For I’d say, Don, you were tough