Monday, July 03, 2006

Many of us lost a friend...

Larry Terry was not only a talented professional and great teacher in public administration, but a friendly and compassionate man who cared about people. He's gone at 52. Too young. Click here to read the obiturary column.

I worked with Larry at Cleveland State University for several years. He was a delight in so many ways. I was shocked when my wife pointed out his obit article to me.

Losing a Friend
By Don Iannone

We never know why or when--
we hope never
...and certainly not
...when we're still young.
Eventually
...we're all asked to move on.
I believe our souls seem to know
...even though our conscious minds
...often haven't a clue.
Take heart
...in the eternal connection
...all of us share
...and never lose
...even when we pass over.
May we remember
...the next time
...a sunrise blesses our day.

11 comments:

samuru999 said...

don,
I always get my daily dose of
joy and truth... when I stop by
your blog. That was a wonderful
poem. But, I agree with you about
your friend that died...52 is just
too young. Sorry to hear about his
passing.
Blessings to you!

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Samuru999 for the kind thoughts. I was shocked when I heard that Larry had died.

Rob said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. Your poem deals with this loss beautifully.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful poem Don... loss seems to be the greatest challenge we mortals have... it is pain... it is mystery ... and somehow... it is grace...

Blessings to you...

Rauf said...

Its an eternal tragedy that we all are running away from Don. This is the foundation of all the philosophies religions we have at hand. If we have to go why come in the first place ? People have tried to find answers but have failed so far.
I would say your friend is lucky, luckiest is the one who dies at birth.
There are losses which cannot be filled Don. losing a friend is one such loss.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Rob.

Thanks Kathleen.

Thanks Rauf.

We must all live in grace and accept life as it is, and so doing we accept death the same. Blessings to all.

Imemine said...

We have thousands of lives. It's enough. We often die in the early or late evening
and get resurrected in the morning.

Imemine said...

Tomorrow didn't come for Larry Terry. The time stopped for him when he died.
If I were Buddhist, I'd say perhaps: may he never come back.
If I were Christian, I'd probably say: may he find eternal life.
If I was a story-teller: And he lived happily ever after.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Imemine...there are indeed different perspectives on life...and death. Thanks for sharing.

jim said...

'And he lived happily everafter!' that is great imemine, I never thot of that before at such a time, but I think it true.

Don, that is maybe your greatest poem, it is so perfect and full and rich of feeling and love and even mystery. Really exceptional in my book. Thanks, your friend no doubt appreciates it, even thru the mystery that separates him from you at the moment. A really wonderful tribute to a friend.

Don Iannone said...

Thanks Jim.

My best? You think so? Just re-read it...it came from a pretty deep spot. Maybe that's what you sense or feel in the poem. Thanks.

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