We Shall Remember (An Ode to Dan)


Your night has fallen;
the brilliant light
of the new moon
filtering through the
broken mass of clouds,
a brilliant ray reflecting
upon your tongue-kissed works.
Your verse remains standing,
redeeming the world from darkness:
they seem to move and
we are filled with awe.

Your words were mountains;
iron-like masses thrown heavily
against the somber sky -
and as the dark blue deepens
into purple and purple black
we reflect upon your poems,
which were gurgling streams
of naked visceral truth
cutting through our consciousness.

One never thinks of velvet
when the light is cold and thin;
when snow lies deep
and the intense light dazzles the eye.
But your lines were velvet in their
silver light and inky blackness
and we shall remember.

2 thoughts on “We Shall Remember (An Ode to Dan)

    • dlmchale says:

      Rachel, Dan was a friend and a poet who passed away earlier this week. He was in China on business and something happened (still not sure what!) Anyway, this was my tribute to Dan (several of us wrote tributes for his family)

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