a girl in her city, watching the sunset

Eulogy – For Joe

O mighty, O treacherous bodies
You summon my belief in miracles,
Then destroy such juvenile faith.
O things of beauty, O conceits of being.

– Let me arrest this flirtation with regret,
however mitigated;
this is not my memorial.
(Though I seek not to dishonor, by the pretense of ease, the imposing and haloed example here.)

Profound and improbable that
kinship, as
a priest/teacher, his warrior years behind him,
walking with and in awareness and
with no expectation,
is well met by an anarchist/naif made from saltwater.

Our companioned journey emboldens my steps, my willingness becomes hale.

(What words are left to write of the love an acolyte bears?
Though unimagined combinations of metaphors are yet uninvented
that might sing spirits to rally.)

He, with the noises of train whistles
and ageless patience, he with unhurried speech
spoke me no words of spite, brought no harm,
cast no judgement upon my threshold,
wishing only the best-most-highest.

At the opening of my heart (where I might for some little time indulge anguish)
I keep a map of languages, and stow the geography of all wisdom.

Of those spirits dancing around me,
yours maintains
in the constellation
the best advice given,
of great tales shared,
of kindred minds,
of kindness
of beauty.

(Doubtless other aspects turn a world on her axis)
In all the evers, we’re there.

Hopper James
10 February 2013


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One thought on “Eulogy – For Joe

  1. A kind and funny man, sharing grumpiness and cantankerous love with me, his student, every day. We learned a lot from each other, and while he taught me about magical, unexpected uses of moxa and esoteric needling, more than anything he taught this obnoxious, too-smart-for-my-own-good intern the value ofthe art of patience. I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye, a fact that fills me with regret, but I know he knows what i was going to say. You are loved and missed mon frêre, I’ll say hello every time I see a blade of grass growing through the concrete now that you’ve joined with thelife system of theplanet. Go in light and peace brother.

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