Tony Jennett

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For Gordon 1930 - 2005 - Poem by Tony Jennett

The sea loved him
Loved him for the sturdy ship
He gave for her to enjoy
Culled by his hand from a strip
Of larch; eager for his employ;
In a remote ravine somewhere in Wales

The timber loved him
And bent to his will and skill
With adze and plane. steam
And copper clench, wanting still
To grow anew to strake and beam
Re-incarnate copse of heart's desire

His students loved him
Welcomed the contagion from his hands
Into their minds' eye so their wood
Or steel or silver broke the chrysalis bands
And butterflied in a glorifying flood.
True discipline of true disciples

And we all loved him
For his wit and wisdom, strength and
Un-fly-hurting tolerance, boyish elation;
Scratched into time's immutable sand.
His goal in life was ever pure creation
And God can now embrace a fellow creator

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Comments about For Gordon 1930 - 2005 by Tony Jennett

  • (3/18/2006 11:38:00 AM)

    some are blessed
    a soul
    free and sublime
    to give others
    and here you have given me
    a picture
    of a man
    who gave all
    before the end
    but not ended
    his memory
    firm and sure
    goes on
    and on
    even now
    on the other side
    of the vast waters
    a wonderful poem
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 13, 2005

Poem Edited: Monday, November 14, 2005

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