For Mr. Know-it-all, The Host With the Most


For Mr. Know-It-All

You beamed a hospitality
that didn’t require proffered tea-
it said, you’re you and I am me
and here’s a place where “we” can be.

Your spot might not suit to a T,
but we fit just fine if some of me–
(with you)–was whittled carefully–
(fifty words worth–no, wait, let’s see

Cause humans tend to err, alive,
why not add another five--)

Oh, gee, man, how I’ll miss your jive.


Here’s a poem for Galen Haynes, the wonderful G-Man, the host with the most, who came up with the form of Flash 55, posted here for Mama Zen’s prompt on With Real Toads to write something less than 75 words with a homophone.

The Friday Flash 55 prompt was so much fun–Galen’s own post witty and wonderfully irreverent, and his persona a joy.  His comments were invariably kind, thoughtful and affirming.  Godspeed, Galen, as Mama Zen wrote in her own beautiful post, and send his family sincere condolences.

PS — Galen was so kind and funny.  He could always tell if a poster was a bit depressed or under the weather.  The above pic is from a post I did when I just couldn’t squeeze out a 55.  The rest of the pictures can be found here.)

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21 Comments on “For Mr. Know-it-all, The Host With the Most”

  1. hedgewitch Says:

    Can’t say enough how saddened I am, and how shocked, by Galen’s passing. Not that long ago he left one of his hilarious sarcastic observations on my facebook page, and I just find it hard to realize he never will again. Thanks for writing this. k , some eloquent words that describe a man who went beyond words in his ability to understand and to encourage. (The elephant is equally eloquent.)

    • Helen Says:

      ~~ eloquent elephant .. I feel a poem coming on.

      • ManicDdaily Says:

        Well, he was a great guy, and the death is also just shocking–it simply seemed so sudden in a way, though he had wound down from some online stuff. But you know–crazy. Life is like that, I guess. k.

        On Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 11:02 AM, ManicDDaily wrote: > >

  2. I had not heard these sad news before… I still try to write 55 regularly.. but it was a special place to visit.. I think the other world might be even better than the one we have

  3. I like that this is humorous as was Galen. He added something unique and special to the blog world. Nice tribute.

  4. Mama Zen Says:

    This is perfect. Galen was a wonderful, funny man, and this is a marvelous tribute.

  5. Margaret Says:

    He defined “hospitality”. Yes, I will dearly miss his presence.

  6. I had not heard of these news before. Your poem is a beautiful tribute. Thanks.

    Greetings from London.

  7. brian miller Says:

    yes, he will def be missed…
    he was a great friend…for a very long time…
    he talked me out of quitting about 6 months before we began dverse….

  8. Brendan Says:

    So much in this is the reason why we post these lines online, to strangers whose spirits we intuit as kindred souls. I never frequented the G-Man’s prompts — your lead picture is resoundingly true, except my elephant would be sitting looking the other way from the “55” refusing even to try. My lasting bad and loss for having missed the opportunity to play in such a fun sounding sandbox. I missed hearing such sage advice — go 50 — and why not add another five. Amen. Fine tribute. The thing about these losses is that they become a hallowed presence in the work.

  9. K,
    This is wonderful and I was happy to read it. You really hit the nail on the head with every word. He would be pleased. I was shocked the morning I read the post from SignGirl on G-Man’s site. Just shocked. But we must carry on the 55 tradition in his honor, mustn’t we?

  10. ♥ so sorry…nice tribute, K.

  11. claudia Says:

    tears… oh heck…i didn’t know… he was among the first bloggers i met on my poetic journey… what a beautiful tribute to him k…

  12. Kay Davies Says:

    I agree with Brendan. Reading so many tributes to Galen, I feel sad that I didn’t avail myself of his hospitality when I had the opportunity. I am so sorry for all his online friends, and sorry that I missed knowing him.

  13. coalblack Says:

    He’ll be missed, and he would have loved this.

  14. gillena Says:

    really cute, i luv it

    much love…

  15. Helen Says:

    I found myself talking about Galen at a dinner party last evening .. Not ready to let him go ~~~

  16. grapeling Says:

    i also thought i’d commented but … damn, again. ~

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