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No Catcher in the Rye

by Greg Asimakoupoulos

Posted: January 31, 2010

Thoughts on J. D. Salinger's death, our own and journaling…

Young Holden Caulfield was the means
for Salinger to share his dreams
and rail against hypocrisy
in our dishonest world.

Now JD Salinger is dead,
but not the book most kids have read
about a catcher in the rye
and teenage hopes and fears.

His voice (though stilled) will yet be heard.
There's power in the written word.
It's bound to help extend our lives
when we are six feet down.

So, write about what you believe.
Describe the things that make you grieve.
Jot lessons you have learned in life
through failure and success.

Relate the way you met your spouse
and how you purchased your first house.
What insights on God's faithfulness
could fuel your children's faith?

The things you journal will live on
when they are grown and you are gone.
It's never wrong to write it down
while you still have a chance.

Our years of playing in the rye
will soon be done and we will die.
And there's no catcher near the cliff.
We all must face that fall.

Greg Asimakoupoulos (pronounced AWESOME-uh-COPE-uh-less) is an ordained minister, published author and a freelance news reporter with the Salem Radio Network.   Greg maintains a weekly column called Rhymes and Reasons on The Partial Observer,  which he graciously provides to SeniorLifestyle.

Greg's writings have now been assembled in book form. Find out more.

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Posted: January 31, 2010

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