To Whiskey Charlie

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Dedicated to someone I know was very special, who I always thought I would have time to get to know better.

Whiskey Charlie....

Your name always brought me a smile 

A kind comment from you... well that was something special

I was close friends with some people on booksie, and you were always in that group.  Even though I didn’t know too much about you

You would take the time, and read our work.  You would leave kind comments straight from the heart

I would not even notice myself smile as I saw your face and name appear on my page

Then one day one of our friends informed me you had passed away.

 


Of course as usual, such tragic news does not sink in right away.
All I could think of to say was, “That’s a shame, he was a great guy.”

And something hollow remained.  But what?

Days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months and so on and so on.  We move on and forget.

But as I was flipping through my comment page on a short story I wrote, your name and face appeared.  As if you were still here.

I didn’t notice the tears running down my face as I finished reading your comment.

I will not see those anymore from you.

Where did you go my friend?  Are you happy and okay?  Where did you go?

***you can read his writing on https://www.booksie.com/users/whiskey-charlie-140959 ***


Submitted: April 09, 2017

© Copyright 2020 Criss Sole. All rights reserved.

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Tom Allen714

A very nice tribute piece...Tom...

Sun, April 9th, 2017 3:34pm

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Thank you so much Tom

Tue, April 11th, 2017 10:49pm

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Serge Wlodarski

Very nice. Whiskey Charlie was a good friend and a mentor to many people on Booksie.

Sun, April 9th, 2017 3:51pm

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I wish I would have gotten to know him better. He seems like he was a kind gentleman with a very good heart. After reading one of his comments on my work from months ago, I knew I had to write something. He was one of a kind.

Tue, April 11th, 2017 10:52pm

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Dennis1984

So sad Criss. Good tribute.

Mon, April 10th, 2017 12:41am

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Thanks so much Dennis for taking the time to read it. It means a lot.

Tue, April 11th, 2017 10:54pm

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kjforce

Criss .As we pass throughout our life we are touched by people we never meet,,,who know us only by our words...which is one of the highest compliments...your words to Whiskey Charlie was a magnificent tribute..thanks for sharing with all of us and introducing us to :WC"...kj

Tue, April 11th, 2017 5:18am

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I am so glad that I have people read this tribute. I knew little about him. Mostly through my own booksie friends. I do not want his memory to just die. He was a kind soul with so much love and compassion. If I could do anything, I want to have people remember him and read his work. I would be crushed if all that died with him. Thank you so much for reading this and taking the time to comment KJ. It means a lot to me.

Tue, April 11th, 2017 11:00pm

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Muhammad Murad

Thanks for making us familiar with Sir Whiskey. A very impressive and humble tribute to him. Nice Job!!

Wed, May 24th, 2017 5:28am

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He was a true gentleman. And we all miss him. Thank you for reading.

Wed, May 24th, 2017 2:53am

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Oleg Roschin

Beautiful tribute, very touching. Whiskey Charlie was one of the very first people who commented on my work. He'll be missed...

Sat, June 3rd, 2017 6:01pm

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For sure. Thank you for reading Oleg.

Sun, June 4th, 2017 5:21am

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Trishala

Such a touching tribute!

Thu, June 15th, 2017 6:44pm

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very kind of you. thank you for taking the time to read, and find out about such a wonderful soul we once had here on booksie

Fri, June 16th, 2017 3:40am

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Aquarius

Here is a message from Whiskey Charley:

To The Ones I Love And Who Love Me

When I’ve departed from earthly life,
Release me and let me go.
You and I, we both have many things to see and do.
Do not tie yourself to me with tears.
I gave you my love and you will never guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have shown,
But now it’s time for me to travel on – alone.

So, weep a while, if grieve you must.
Though not for me, only for yourself and
For the hole my passing has created in your life.
But then let your grief be comforted by trust
And the knowledge that
It’s only for a while that part we must.
Bless the memories your carry in your heart.
It knows that no love is ever lost.
Life is eternal – it goes on and on,
Not just for you and me, but everybody.

You and I are now closer than we have ever been
And I’ll never be further from you than a thought,
So whenever you need me, call and I’ll come near.
Although you can neither see nor touch me now,
I have not gone from you
And when you pay attention to your heart,
You’ll feel my love there soft and clear.

And then, one fine day –
When you are coming this way alone,
I shall be waiting to greet you.
With a smile I’ll welcome you home.

Fr. Pat Lennon
Edited by Aquarius

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Wed, June 28th, 2017 12:47pm

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I thought that was very beautiful. Thank you.

Wed, June 28th, 2017 11:19pm

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Edmund

The death of anyone that you know is difficult. The ultimate realization that it is permanent is often heartbreaking. If that person brightened your life and brought a smile to your face, rejoice, for they also were comforted by you and your words. Whiskey Charlie only broke the bonds of this world but will forever be alive in yours.

Mon, March 25th, 2019 10:00am

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Thank you Edmund.
He really was one of a kind.

Mon, March 25th, 2019 9:17pm

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John Ross Hart

Very touching. I just lost a dear friend and colleague from a severe flu strain. She was only 44, was happily married with three kids, and was a serious artist in addition to teaching. There are some people, well there is something about them we will never forget. Whiskey Charlie seemed to be a kind soul with a heart of gold. If there is any form of solace, you will always have Charlie, even if only in heart and memory.

Sat, February 29th, 2020 4:13am

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I am terribly sorry for your loss.
Thankfully I have been able to meet some amazing people here on Booksie, and I have made some life long friends now. Charlie was a wonderful man.
Thanks so much for taking a look at my work John. It means a lot.

Fri, February 28th, 2020 10:16pm

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D.F. D.

I really liked this, a very effective piece. It mad me wish I’d known him. RIP Whiskey Charlie.

Fri, April 10th, 2020 3:18pm

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Thank you so much for giving this a read. I met some amazing people on Booksie. Some have really changed my life.
I hope you have a good experience here too.
All the best!

Fri, April 10th, 2020 9:41am

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Penetentman

Very touching. Sounds like a sweet guy. At times like this I think of one of the saddest songs I know. "In my life" by the beatles. We truly are a product of the thounsands of people that moved in our lives. Part of every loved one is in all of us and it refects in some small way from time to time. You must have had many wonderful people in your life to make you the wonderful kind person I see here. Grant it we learn the dark things that we are tought as well, but when I see the kindness and thoughtfullness you show us here, I tend to belive that you have seen more good people in this world then not.

Thu, August 13th, 2020 9:44pm

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I am so glad i had the honor of knowing this man.
Sometimes just one person can make a big impact in your life by saying a few kind words.
And you have already made a huge impact in my life, thank you David. You have given me so much to smile about. I am truly grateful to have met you.

Wed, August 19th, 2020 3:39am

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