Did I Ever

A.H. Browning


Did I ever really know you
You would say that I did not
But the years we spent together
Your mastered talents, your poet’s heart

You’ve gone and left a baron space
That no one can remotely fill
Time might help some reconcile
But my heart has lost both grace and will

I know you in my selfish way
Despite the fact you do not share
With awe, respect and humble revere
Of talent I hold most true and dear

Please forgive if I presume
I only want to let you know
In life you were such a brilliant light
But now we all must let you go

Thank you, and I don’t give a damn
If you can’t accept that I must say it
Even though we never once crossed paths
My life is filled with they way you played it

Thank you
Miss you
Remember you
Peace to you


  • Author: A.H. Browning (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: December 20th, 2021 04:28
  • Comment from author about the poem: My favorite drummer in the history of ever, Neil Peart. In the 90’s, he lost his daughter Selena in a tragic accident, and not long afterwards, he lost his wife Jackie to cancer. He then took to his motorcycle for a very long and solitary journey (Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road) and eventually found his way back to rejoin life and play the best I have ever seen. Unreal. The video here is after he came back from the edge of darkness and unimaginable personal losses. From online: “Peart died from glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, on January 7, 2020, in Santa Monica, California. He had been diagnosed three and a half years earlier, and the illness was a closely guarded secret in Peart's inner circle until his death.” What a huge loss. Beyond talented, a musician, lyricist and author. I hate cancer and what it does to those diagnosed, as well as the ways it affects family and friends. If you are inclined, support those affected by cancer in whatever way you can.
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  • L. B. Mek

    a wonderful elegy,
    may he rest in peace
    now hopefully reunited
    with his family

  • tadzooks

    An incredible human being.. the reason I started drumming. His musical genius opened my world to all kinds of different angles. The Professor was indeed the master.. awesome read here, love it.

    • A.H. Browning

      Thank you very much for commenting.
      No other like Neil.

    • Draven

      Even though we never once crossed paths
      My life is filled with they way you played it

      This is so powerful

      • A.H. Browning

        You are kind. Thank you for commenting.
        My writing is not important in the grand scheme of things, but I sure do selfishly enjoy the process. Helps me focus my ADHD or whatever it is that’s actually wrong with me 😂

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