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A Poem for Peter Banks

Posted on Mar.22, 2012 under Bill Ward

Because of the seemingly bleak circumstances and limited information about the death of Peter Banks, I reacted quite sadly to the news and felt driven to write this poem.

How can this be
I didn’t plan for it to be like this
Mine was a far more grandiose end.
Aloneness in life
Aloneness in death
Who will say a kind word,
Have I pushed you all away, so much I cannot be recognized
Will no one stand for me, now, in these moments of closure, and passing.
It isn’t cold anymore,
And hunger has left me
My predicaments still undone in life, are somehow in death solved.

I can no longer hear silence, is there no one to champion me
One voice will be enough
I’m worth something, it’ll mean everything to me
Dark shadows betray me not, seek another in ruin, to commit your slanderous verbiage upon
Leave me, rant and drag down and complete your next victim’s demise
Your emptiness is un-radiant.

No matter what I’ve done
Or who I became
When one voice speaks
The loneliness cannot circle me
When one voice validates me
I can rest in peace

–Bill Ward

NOTE: This was originally posted on March 22, 2013 @ 18:48 PST.

4 comments for this entry:
  1. jeff kossik

    DEAR MR WARD , You have been an amazing person thanks to you my son is a drummer Truly sorry for the loss of your friend I read the poem touching, if you ever get the chance please listen to my son and I at thank you again for the magical influence , Respectfully Jeff Kossik.

  2. ana luiza

    I’m feeling sad about his death too. I really liked his style of playing and I dare to say that I liked his playing more than Howe’s.

  3. gerry

    Very Good Bill.

  4. dje

    you could write a very good song with those lovely lyrics!
    you are a big man with a big heart

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