Goodbye, Old Friend


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Goodbye, Old Friend

Lengthening shadow on the fairway.
He walks alone on that final hole.

We watch him leave—
It wasn’t so much the greatness of his game
as the integrity of his life,
the care he showed to each person.

His smile lights up the heavens.

Yesterday, the world of golf lost a King. Arnold Palmer, who made a lasting impact on the game in so many ways, finished his round. In life, the Grand Slam eluded him, yet still his record on the PGA tour was in every way impressive. But more so, his person. Arnold was a truly loving human being. I see that as being the Grand Slam of living.

I’m sharing this with dVerse Quadrille…my third link. Sorry if I overwhelm Mr. Linky, but this man is worth a tribute, even though the poetry is so-so.

arnie

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15 thoughts on “Goodbye, Old Friend

  1. This is a very lovely post, Thank you!

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  2. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    I think it’s a lovely tribute, and deserved.

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  3. SMiLes..
    a play of who
    am thaT iS real
    iS alWayS noW
    A shaDoWed
    TrUth
    liGht
    as wHole iN onE..:)

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  4. Grace says:

    That’s the best way to remember the man Victoria ~ Thank you for the lovely tribute ~

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  5. frankhubeny says:

    The integrity of one’s life is better than the greatness of one’s game. I have heard of him, but I don’t even know how to play golf.

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  6. Brian says:

    Thanks for writing another quadrille to the King. He will be missed.

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  7. ladynyo says:

    Beautiful tribute! And a man worth it. I understand he was one in a million, and not only for his golf skills…but his humanity. A sad loss, a great tribute.

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  8. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Beautiful tribute, Victoria.

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  9. It’s important to respond to those we lose. It’s a very personal tribute to a man you admired and authentic.

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  10. Sue says:

    Lovely tribute, Victoria!

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  11. Great tribute, and though I’m not into golf I could understand hid legacy.

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  12. It’s a lovely farewell.

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  13. Wonderful tribute to a great man, Victoria.

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  14. whimsygizmo says:

    YES. Love this, Victoria. We are missing that character in many athletes these days, for sure.

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