Ode to Jerry Garcia, of the Grateful Dead  

Sweetpickles69 47F
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8/9/2006 6:41 am

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8/10/2006 5:02 pm

Ode to Jerry Garcia, of the Grateful Dead

Elegy for Jerry Garcia by Robert Hunter

Jerry, my friend,
you've done it again,
even in your silence
the familiar pressure
comes to bear, demanding
I pull words from the air
with only this morning
and part of the afternoon
to compose an ode worthy
of one so particular
about every turn of phrase,
demanding it hit home
in a thousand ways
before making it his own,
and this I can't do alone.
Now that the singer is gone,
where shall I go for the song?

Without your melody and taste
to lend an attitude of grace
a lyric is an orphan thing,
a hive with neither honey's taste
nor power to truly sting.

What choice have I but to dare and
call your muse who thought to rest
out of the thin blue air
that out of the field of shared time,
a line or two might chance to shine --

As ever when we called,
in hope if not in words,
the muse descends.

How should she desert us now?
Scars of battle on her brow,
bedraggled feathers on her wings,
and yet she sings, she sings!

May she bear thee to thy rest,
the ancient bower of flowers
beyond the solitude of days,
the tyranny of hours--
the wreath of shining laurel lie
upon your shaggy head
bestowing power to play the lyre
to legions of the dead

If some part of that music
is heard in deepest dream,
or on some breeze of Summer
a snatch of golden theme,
we'll know you live inside us
with love that never parts
our good old Jack O'Diamonds
become the King of Hearts.

I feel your silent laughter
at sentiments so bold
that dare to step across the line
to tell what must be told,
so I'll just say I love you,
which I never said before
and let it go at that old friend
the rest you may ignore.

R.I.P.
Jerome John Garcia
Aug 1, 1942 - Aug 9, 1995


(I can't believe he's been gone for 10 years today!)



Peace,
Pickles


just2slim 58M

8/9/2006 7:33 am

Hey sweet,I'm sorry that I don't know as much about jerry as you do.
But I do know hie music,and I have been moved by the lyric's many time's.But I do know the poet's gift when I see it.Keep fanning that
fire,because the larger it get's the more fullfilling your life will become.


rm_DarknStar 54F
2823 posts
8/10/2006 11:57 am

WOW....I didnt know that either.....Damn 10 years!!......My favorite song *Touch of Gray*.......Thx for sharing the info!


Sweetpickles69 47F

8/10/2006 12:38 pm

It's actually been 11 years! OOPPPS!!

Peace,
Pickles


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