8.03.2010

Paul Squires Tattoo


Paul Terry Squires
November 19, 1963 – July 27, 2010



His mark has been left

indelible
incredible
raging on

We hope for
one more
scrawled line
of infinite wisdom

Gingataos battle cry
shouted from the four corners...

Rage on!
Rage on!
Rage on!
Rage on!

2 glasses left on the table, kind sir
Salute

15 comments:

  1. No matter what poem I had written, I could count on the fact that Paul Squires would be along shortly to read. I could count on the fact, that he appreciated my poetry. Over the years, we became good friends. I have always felt so fortunate to have such an amazing poet as a mentor and comrade.

    He liked to call my work, "jewelry poems". He once said, "I really look forward to your poetry, it is a real breath of fresh in a world over cluttered with images and clevernesses. It's grace and precision and clarity and honesty and also I think the motivation behind the words make your poetry something above and beyond the norm."

    It is because of Paul, that I did not give up and continued writing poetry. It is because of Paul, that I will continue writing in his absence. His constant encouragement and love is a source of inspiration that will last forever.

    It's such a curious thing...death. He's gone. Simply...gone. And that's that. No one to go to, to beg for his release. Gnash our teeth, wail to the heavens...doesn't matter, we cannot bring him back. I desperately wish I could.

    I can be glad that the fates had our paths cross. I am a better person for it.

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  2. I wonder what will happen to The Orchid Room & Legends of Contemporary Poetry...?

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  3. hey, came across your comment about Paul and the elegy I created for him, and I'm glad you liked it and apparently held Paul dear. Anyhow, I've created sort of "tribute" page on Writerscafe.org (the site he left for wordpress), and was wondering if I can create a link to this poem? I'm still really new to wordpress, and would message this, if I knew how lol anyhow, loved the Paul poem.

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  4. Thanks Alex, that would be really nice to have it included.

    Your tribute to Paul was absolutely breathtaking. You spoke for a lot of us with your words. Thank you.

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  5. hello tina, it is that permanence of gone that one cannot recall yesterday... thanks for stoppin by and saying hello... the best part of this post .."..I can be glad that the fates had our paths cross. I am a better person for it..."... absolutely... and that we would reach out to each other and encourage each other in writing as paul did for all of us...

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  6. Thank you. Yes, the permanence of gone....the hardest thing to grasp I think.

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  7. just such a beautiful lace of a poem and so fitting a tribute to paul. he was extraordinary. we will indeed need to carry on, for his sake and out own, he gave so much and it wont be forgotten. he is right, your poetry is exquisite.

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  8. Haha - he would love your tribute. Rage on regardless. Never forget that photo, which he used in his overland interview - he got that subversive troublemaker look down pat. Thanks Tina.

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  9. Thanks Gabrielle. I think that one is my favorite picture of Paul. :)

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  10. Such a wonderful tribute Tina.. I can totally see why Paul called this jewellery poetry. And I agree, that picture is a classic!

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  11. Thanks Graham. Hope you're doing okay.

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  12. I'm keeping this poem and picture stored away in my heart

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  13. a wonderful, passionate response, Tina

    Paul would love this ... i reckon wherever he is he's wirelessly tuned in to our thoughts, our missing him and our continued creativity ...

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  14. Thanks Shell. I think he is tuned in for sure :)

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