The Chums of 1924


I always thought my friend and I belonged somewhere beyond the late seventies. We had a way of talking, seeking true friendship that took our spirits somewhere else. Chums from another time. One night we actually went where we belonged. I do believe it was 1924.

He looks at me his eyes brown and ferocious! “Would a girl ever come between us”? He sounds as if he is gagging as he spits the words out. “Maybe not one”, I softly reply. I look away staring at the open New Mexico wilderness, the late June wind blowing from the northwest cooling our conversation. “One could hope for two or three between us”, I say the genesis of a sardonic grin appearing on my face.

We wish our thoughts in shadow-land, from friend to foe and stand ourselves on where kings stand. In stars, we want a falling phase the kind that guides our keen eyed gaze. To take us cross the Gobi sands. Our swords and minds to far off lands. Oh friend my chum though we are here, our young adolescence beyond years. To camp above on roof tops, to see the moon so near, to strive to speak our legends, to each other and the earth so near. For if we are young traveling warriors, is life’s wartime here?

We somehow summon laughter, we somehow broke our tears, and we cross our arms and unfold them, when the Southern Cross draws near. In times, we study magic, and camp where daemons leer. For under signs of heaven, our stories draw us near. To unfold a crooked omen, that crosses minds and fears. To know that something savage is made gentle when we are of cheer. Oh, friend my chum in laughter, my twin when hell doth know that we our twins in witness, to all the dark can know.

We tasted our peyote, we chased the moon away, and we brought a noonday brilliance to the places we went to play. For in the days of future, when you or I should say, was that day in 1924, or just the tricks odd seeds can play. For I know we traversed minefields of those false life can lay. But I swear we held the world in our hands, and watched it float away, into the gray, my chum, into the gray.

“My parents signed the papers today”. His voice is more serious than sad. “Semper Fi”, I say, a sudden lump in my throat, bringing my skinny right arm and hand up in a sharp salute. “Yes sir”, he grins his sixteen-year-old Navajo face suddenly looking much older. “There will be more than two or three girls between us by the time I get back”, he says. “Maybe even a set of twins”. – 06.19.2018 – דָנִיֵּאל

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71 thoughts on “The Chums of 1924

  1. Dear Daniel, I can not say enough about your talent. (The Chums of 1924) was astounding, surreal but at the same time presenting a very real message about true friendship that is everlasting. ❤ Ruby

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  2. I was reminded of a line from “The Tempest” while reading your brilliantly written piece, “I would not wish any companion in the world but you.” “The Chums” was a favorite for me. 🙂

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    • Thank you Lauren for your comment. I am happy you liked this piece. The ending as was the beginning a real life event, the middle parts were shades of the truth here and there. 😉 i am also happy you enjoyed the music. The group was new to me before this post.

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      • Daniel I have always believed that the best stories are to be written once someone knows their beginning and conclusion. The interest is in the body of the work, where the best creative spirit is called for. 😉 ❤

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  3. Daniel, this was a lovely tribute to friendship. I thought I was reading another Hardy Boy story at first and then realized no, this is an older boy (s) we are talking about here. The following by far was my favorite lines although I adored it all. “To know that something savage is made gentle when we are of cheer. Oh, friend my chum in laughter, my twin when hell doth know that we our twins in witness, to all the dark can know.” ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. “The Chums of 1924” is a brilliant piece of writing Daniel. Your flow of words speaks to the deep and soulful relationship you have with your friend. The use of nature in the writing plays such a pivotal part in the bond you have with each other. 💜

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  5. Daniel this is a wonderful ode to friendship that is immortal. The connection back to the 1920’s makes it almost a ghost story. The addition of the song “Chasing Ghost” (which I also loved) makes it even more so. Thank you for an entertaining and well done post. 🙂

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  6. You have written another amazing post Daniel. Your ability to weave stories with the use of poetry fascinates me. In this particular piece I was touched by the ending. Do you still have contact with this friend? I would believe so, for this depth of friendship at such a young age is surely priceless.

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  7. Daniel I hope you will allow me to tell you how much this piece meant to me. I too had a close friend growing up in Israel. We shared those fun moments as well as spiritual moments a bond if you will that cannot be broken here on earth. Unfortunately he passed away three years ago from a terminal illness. I wept when I read your piece. It was well done. Thank you my brother. Shalom, Den

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      • Thank you Daniel, for your remark to me. It is true I am that kind of person. I appreciate those whom I kindle a spiritual friendship with. That is why I return here many times to read your work. Bless your family and you brother. Shalom, Den

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  8. Another writing to add to the ever growing pile of one of your best Daniel. The topic, a favorite of mine. The bond that holds friends for a lifetime, a great bond and enduring bond. You have written great things in this piece my young friend. Bill

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    • Thank you Bill, as always your comment is very kind and I appreciate it. The bond between good friends is a keeper I agree.. I think in your faith there is a verse that says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”. Good verse. 😉

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      • Daniel it is interesting you would bring that verse up, it has been on my mind since I read your post. I agree with your entire statement, and further am proud to call you friend. Bill

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  9. Daniel, I had to add my praise and thanks to the long list that has former here for your post. I too have been extremely blessed to have a friend in my life that has been through every great or bad time with me since I was a child. Enough said. Thank you.

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  10. Some tremendous lines in this post Daniel. To be sure a new favorite for me, and the following line will stick in my mind for some time to come. :But I swear we held the world in our hands, and watched it float away, into the gray, my chum, into the gray.” Thank you.

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  11. Hi Daniel it was nice to read about the bond between humans in a positive way. No better brother or sister than a close friend for life I would say, and sometimes that friend as is in my case a sibling. Very enjoyable piece to read. 🙂

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  12. Dear Daniel
    I loved this. Very unique as is each piece you write with that borderline surrealism touch. Once again so many great lines that define what this friendship was for you and your friend. Keep writing!
    😉 ❤

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    • Hi Erin, thank you for your very kind comment. I can;t say that I actually start out to add the surreal touch in every piece but it does seem to end up that way, so I just go with it. I appreciate your compliment, and encouragement to keep writing. That I will my friend.

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      • Hi Daniel
        I do not usually attempt to understand very abstract writing or paintings for that matter as it is above my conscious mind to do so. I do understand your writing on both conscious and unconscious levels. Perhaps progress has been made. 🙂

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