Psalter Poetica–a Tribute to Poet David King


A song of praise, of poetry of King, David on the Lute

Photo: hebrewpsalms.com

Photo: hebrewpsalms.com


Praise to the poet who charges words with meaning,
who dallies with the sacred—touching life’s
moments that unfold the mysteries of earth.

Praise to the poet, co-creator,
cleaving the mundane, the ordinary,
reaping beauty from the microcosm, from the universe.

Praise to the poet birthing feelings,
pain and joy, bliss and fear and all the rest,
speaking on behalf of those now silenced.

Praise to the one who fashions poets,
fills them with a breath divine and just.
When they leave, the world’s a better place.

Written for fellow poet, David King, who passed from this life on October 4, 2013 in Surrey, England. I thank him for his many gifts to our poetry communities. If you are not familiar with his work, which runs the gamut between mirth and loss, check out his blog at http://picsandpoems.blogspot.com/ 

Visit us at dVerse Poet;s Pub for more poems honoring David and friendship. The doors open at 3 PM EDT.

Dave King, RIP

Dave King, RIP

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40 thoughts on “Psalter Poetica–a Tribute to Poet David King

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    A loving tribute and I have noted that many others have done the same. Very dear. I did pop by his site.

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  2. Poets do all of those things and thank goodness that they do. They make our landings softer…

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  3. Connie says:

    What a loving tribute. Brought tears to my eyes.

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  4. Praise as well deserved as it is lovingly given.

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  5. A most beautiful tribute… the stanzas all cleave to each other like branches to its vine. I’ve never read a great deal by him, but definitely will. He’s assuredly in a better place ~ Blessings friend ~Debbie

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  6. YES, Victoria, the world is a better place for Dave’s having been here. I hope he can see all of these tributes wherever he is…..he deserves every word.

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    • Victoria, am back for another read. Very beautiful…..so true that poets “reap beauty from the microcosm”…….thanks for your comment on my poem. I hope you DO reach out to that long lost friend, who will be so happy to hear from you.

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  7. ds says:

    No question, the world is a better place for Dave King’s having been in it. This is just beautiful. Thank you.

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  8. Such a touching poem. I didn’t know him but wish I had. Hugs

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  9. nico says:

    A lovely psalm of praise–poets are co-creators (the etymology of “poet, poetry” is fascinating). Very well-written, with tenderness and insight.

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  10. Victoria, this is a lovely – and well-deserved – tribute to Dave, who will be much missed.

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  11. Akila says:

    A wonderful tribute. Life moves on and the memories and verses that they leave make the world a better place

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  12. grapeling says:

    Dave was no Ozymandius, and especially those who knew him well are the better for it. It makes me wish I had known him better.

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  13. Linda Rogers says:

    This touching tribute poem gave me goosebumps. Thanks for the inspirational and uplifting words.

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  14. Poet Laundry says:

    This definitely reads like a Psalm. A beautiful song here Victoria.

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  15. Praise to the Poet ~ and you have praised him well – thank you for this tribute.

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  16. Beautiful, to leave the world a better place is the greatest tribute of all…lovely!

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  17. markwindham says:

    praise indeed.nicely done

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  18. hypercryptical says:

    A wonderful tribute Victoria.
    And how true the world is a better place for the himself he left behind.
    Anna

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  19. Truedessa says:

    Beautiful words Victoria and praise the poet who moved hearts with words..

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  20. naramalone says:

    Love that last line. They do leave this world a better place 🙂

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  21. Laurie Kolp says:

    Beautiful… his words will live on.

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  22. hedgewitch says:

    A loving and lovely tribute, Victoria.

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  23. Grace says:

    Beautiful Victoria ~ Praises to all the poets who make our lives brighter and richer ~ That last stanza will stay with me, thanks ~

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  24. Sara V says:

    Victoria–a very fitting tribute, to a poet who deserved all that praise and more

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  25. alan1704 says:

    This is excellent and a really beautiful tribute from the heart. Beauty is in the words we create and the emotion and pain of a broken heart.

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  26. vbholmes says:

    “Praise to the poet who charges words with meaning,
    who dallies with the sacred—touching life’s
    moments that unfold the mysteries of earth.”
    High praise, indeed, Victoria. We would all like to achieve those heights.

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  27. Beautiful and affecting work, a strong tribute full of grace and faith. Thank you.

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  28. What a beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing it 🙂

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  29. Glory be to God for you, this fine, and for your words about our friend David. May his passage to the other side be as beautiful as the heart and mind we all came to know and cherish.

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  30. aprille says:

    Victoria, the word ‘moving’ is overused. I was moved. Truly moved by your sensitive tribute.

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  31. brian miller says:

    i would love someone to say the same of me when my time comes….so hey if i do…remember to write one for me and read it….just saying…this is lovely….the last stanza…the giving toothers and shaping other poets….def…that is a step beyond mere artistry…

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  32. claudia says:

    david king….king david.. never made that connection… strange… love that you went this way…the poet birthing feelings… yeah… def. yes..

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  33. Marya says:

    Very moving, Victoria. Wish I had gotten to know David.

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  34. Gabriella says:

    Victoria your poem is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to a poet. I like how you praise both the poet and the Creator who made it possible for the poet to “charges words with meaning”.

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  35. annotating60 says:

    Victoria, your poem was very heartfelt and keenly wrough. I am quickly getting the impression David was quite a fello. >KB

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  36. MarinaSofia says:

    That last line had me all choked up. Lovely, simply lovely.

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  37. Victoria what a beautiful tribute to a great poet. Praise the poet is such a great phrase to be used and repeated.

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  38. Mary says:

    Victoria, this is truly beautiful. I love the first three stanzas and am truly and deeply MOVED by the last stanza. Indeed praise as well to the One who has created poets who leave the world a better place. Certainly Dave’s poetry will live on….as will the rest of ours, when it is OUR time.

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