For Jay, April 23, 1947––December 14, 2020

For Jay, April 23, 1947—December 14, 2020

The billow of the curtains, the deep tolling of a bell
below me in the village, what stories they might tell
if I only knew their language. The voice of bronze and wind
may just be a passing zephyr, or the tale told of a friend
seven days departed, now reduced to ash and bone.
Words scattered by a priest, to bless and to atone
for some small ineptitudes, hardly sin at all,
now he sits upon a shelf in my entrance hall.
Does he sense our daily passing? Does he know we know his worth?
Does he long for his reunion with water and with earth?
Soon, my friend, you’ll be released for a final time—
freed from the ineptitude of flames and bells and rhyme
to record your passing in sermon or in verse
as you rise again once more to join the universe.

R.I.P. Jay—friend, father, brother, lover. Fellow expat, now a citizen of the Universe.

We spread Jay’s ashes in Lake Chapala on December 29, 2020. If you’d like to read about the ceremony and see photos, go HERE.

Prompt words today are billow, inept, admire and bells.

39 thoughts on “For Jay, April 23, 1947––December 14, 2020

  1. Marilyn Armstrong

    Beautiful tribute and so sorry for your loss. It has been a terrible year for losses … and our started before COVID and will no doubt continue. It’s just the stage we’ve reached in life. Happy Solstice and may all your celebrations be full of joy.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Linda. He was a very private man but a neighbor for most of the 19 years I’ve been here and he once saved my life. He and his girlfriend of the last six years have been special friends of mine as I was the one who introduced them!

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