Poets’ Corner: Elegy For Pat Gregory

Poets’ Corner: Elegy For Pat Gregory

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This can’t be happening, because Reeds bend

(The Fableist wrote) in strong winds they bend

and so escape the fate of Oaks unyielding —

uprooted, thrown; unsaved

This can’t be happening, because he bent

and still a cruel wind took him

This can’t be happening, because we saw him

Just yesterday we saw him walking as he did

his head angled forward as a sleek ship’s prow

parting obstacles in waves

This can’t be happening; he was returning

he was coming back tomorrow

This can’t be happening, because he was the Sun

(He rose every day) though hidden from us sometimes

always there was some Earth’s corner whose eye

saw the warm light — Life — he gave

This can’t be happening, because the Sun

the Sun cannot fall from the sky

This is happening, has happened; it happened

but we will not curse the Fates, the Gods, the murderer

We will instead remember his laughter; his love

how he taught us to be brave

We will carry his kindness in our hearts

until rejoined with him Above

Benoit Baldwin of West Tisbury,has been an Island resident since 1990. Events and people have caused him to write things since he learned how.