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A Poem by michaelgallatin

Author: michaelgallatin
Created: December 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm
Upload Type: Poem, G (All)  
Category: Tribute | Death | Friendship
Upload Stats: 5 Stars by 2 users with 2 comments and 90 views

Something Most Fine (A Tribute To Johnny Fox)  

Author's Note - I'd like to share an extra note about Johnny Fox; sword swallower, magician, comedian, showman and a very fine person. I met Mr. Fox at the Sterling Renaissance Festival in New York. After writing a poem about him and presenting it to him, I became a bit more than just a typical fan. Johnny entertained with charm, humor and wit making something somewhat hard to watch both amusing and mystifying. But beyond that he had the gift of appearing as what he was, a fine, caring man and a kind, sweet person. Johnny loved what he did and he always played for his audience. It was a treat to see him perform. Sadly a couple of years ago he was diagnosed with cancer. He went for treatment to a facility in Arizona. I actually left a message for him there to say I wished him recovery and more time to live and entertain. Johnny did rebound enough to perform at the Maryland Renaissance Festival this year but sadly I missed that. Cancer caught up with Mr. Fox and he died on December 17th surrounded by friends and family. As said in the Washington Post he died with a smile. And that is an example of his attitude about life and death! Please note Mr. Fox can be seen on YouTube for any of you who wish to do that.  There are videos of him swallowing swords, a video of Mr. Fox speaking about his Freakatorium and a fine video where Johnny shows his magic balls.

There's no way I will ever forget you
for how many in life do you meet?
People swallowing swords for a living
and making it look both amusing and neat.

Plus I'm glad I did more than just greet you,
went slightly past fan and closer to friend.
It was my great pleasure to know you
so I'm sorry your life has come to it's end.

But such a wonderful journey you went on
as sword swallower, entertainer and man.
I find it hard to find words to express this
but Johnny know I'll do the best that I can.

Because Sir you know you deserve it
for showing us all mind, heart and soul.
You went far past just being a showman
to someone caring and charming and whole.

You let people deep into your essence
with grace and humor and wit.
My only wish is that I'd seen you once more
and I apologize that I sadly missed it.

But Mr. Fox your oneness was seen as a treasure
that warmed me like a cup of sweet wine.
I hope you enjoyed our too brief friendship also
because knowing you was something most fine!

Michael "An Honor To Have Known You My Friend!" Gallatin

Last Modified: December 28, 2017 at 10:46 am
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Author Notes

Only things left to say are that I hope this was a fitting tribute to a most fine person and that you enjoyed it!

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Comments & Reviews

January 03, 2018
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I never heard of Johnny fox before. But I am glad I did from reading your amazing tribute. I would nominate it for the spotlight. But I see no option to do that below. It must be a writer's network technical issue

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December 28, 2017
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Emotional and Thoughtful
A very wonderful tribute, very emotional and thoughtful. I've never really heard of Johnny Fox so I was glad to read the notes you posted concerning him. Helped me understand the person the poem was centred on better. Apart from being a wonderful tribute, the poem also had strong themes about living a life worthwhile, living strongly and also living a life with little regret, seeing how he seemed fulfilled and content at the end of his life, going off with a smile.

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