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Thursday, May 6, 2010

One Eye on the Game

For obvious reasons, Vince's death has caused me to postpone any more instructional posts until next week; I'm just not in the mood right now. But there was one thing I really wanted to do, so here it is.

Most of you know I have a poetry site called
Will Shakespeare for Hire where I write as Will Shakespeare. Well, Will is going to post a sort of eulogy to Vince in his regular Friday post... but I decided to post it here today, since I doubt most of the golf community would see it on Will's site.

I've never tried anything like this, and it was harder than I thought because... well, most of the poetry styles I could think of would draw too much attention to themselves, which left what I call "greeting card verse." Most of us are so used to it that it doesn't get in the way, but it tends to sound trite. Hopefully I avoided that with this poem. I hope you all think Vince would have liked it.

Clichés abound at a time like this
'Cause we don't know what to say
When a friend like Vince has come and gone
And the ache won't go away.

But to frame our thoughts with the images
Of the game he loved so much
Seems appropriate now, since golf will feel
The loss of his special touch.

In a day when heroes stumble
And abuses glare so bright,
Ol’ Vince kept one eye on the game
While never losing sight

Of the people; his friends and family
Will never be ashamed.
In many ways, he’ll always be
The spirit of the game.

So now that his score is posted
And he’s played his final round,
He can rest with the other champions
And with both eyes see his crown.

We’ll miss you, Vince.

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