Treasure Island

jerry hughes

(January 4,1931 / a citizen of the world)


There is a similarity about them.
Eric, and my father.
Quiet men, who went about their lives
doing well for others.
Gentle men, who didn't seek rewards,
the doing would suffice.

When I talk with Eric,
memories of my father come flooding back.
The timbre of his voice,
an occasional gesture,
the size and shape of him.
I look forward to those moments joyously,
sometimes sadly.

My father's passing?
An unfathomable void.
To Eric, I repeat the words I spoke
the night my father died.
'Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.'

Eric Smith, friend and mentor, died on
January 4,2006 aged 92

Submitted: Thursday, April 05, 2007
Edited: Friday, February 11, 2011

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  • Mandi June (4/9/2013 2:57:00 AM)

    A perfect way to remember a dear friend and companion. Eloquent and proudly written. Well done, Mr. Hughes. (Report) Reply

  • Emancipation Planz (5/22/2008 4:58:00 AM)

    About..... yes.. irony here yet these are such encouraging spirited words 'rage, rage.....' and with it may apprehension dissipate.. I await your next write... meanwhile.. may you swallow and medicate on Peace filled calmness as your journey continues this week, aroha (Report) Reply

  • Subbaraman N V (11/16/2007 1:07:00 AM)

    A fine tribute to a beloved father! We feel his absence! But none can help! God's ways are mysterious! (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (10/15/2007 3:59:00 PM)

    Jerry I will repeat what Robert Howard has said before me. This a great tribute that honours both your father and Eric at the same time. Wonderful write my friend and thanks for sharing it.
    David (Report) Reply

  • Elle Thomas (10/14/2007 4:29:00 AM)

    it sort of paints a picture. tell me it must have been nice to have someone to remind you of another who was gone. how did you feel when you wrote this? remembering and feeling they are treasures to be locked deep down for safe keeping and taken out to air especially when one loses thier sunshine. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Howard (8/18/2007 2:06:00 PM)

    A great tribute that honors your father and friend at the same time. The language and form are in perfect harmony and the impression is very clear and very strong. (Report) Reply

  • Shelley L Baxter-Stanley (5/12/2007 10:52:00 PM)

    Oh wow, I am so impressed with your poem or rather your tribute to a very special Man! Your poem really hurts to read becuae I can relate to your pain from losing many love ones throughout my life...I am so sorry for your pain sorry.
    You have an amazing way with words, emotions and great imagery.
    Your work shows much talent and I thank you for sharing your talent in this piece...10 out of 10!
    Take care of U
    =Shelley= (Report) Reply

  • Magda Graf (4/6/2007 4:45:00 AM)

    'Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.'
    Your moving poem brought these lines to my mind. A wonderful tribute to both your father and your friend.
    Love, Magda (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (4/6/2007 4:33:00 AM)

    What amazingly special people, leaving an obvious mark on you, but then, special people do, and in doing so, live on

    Gentle men, who didn't seek rewards,
    the doing would suffice.

    This hurt to read, but am so much better of for reading it,
    Take care my friend, love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • Alison Cassidy (4/6/2007 2:35:00 AM)

    A masonic giant and a fine human being - I salute Eric's memory and thank you for penning this beautiful elegy. love, Allie xxxx (Report) Reply

  • Con Nie (4/5/2007 10:33:00 PM)

    Sorry about the loss of your friend Eric. And a nice tribute to Eric and to your dad. A touching poem. Sincerely, Connie Webb (Report) Reply

  • Agnes Clark (4/5/2007 10:21:00 PM)

    This very personal poem is quite well done, Jerry. The lines from Dylan Thomas serves it well and was just the right touch. I wish you much comfort.

    Agnes (Report) Reply

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