Thursday, June 26, 2008


The stars are close and dear and l have joined
the brotherhood of the worlds.
And everythings holy -everything, even me.

-john steinbeck (grapes of wrath)

Huey died two weeks ago...
I've written about huey before - here...
My friend mike was at huey's bedside when he died,
he listened to him breath and not breath
he saw his breaths grow short and disappear,
he saw his pulse slow and stop.
Mike was there when he died
and he gave huey love to take with him.
There is beauty in this...

In uncertainty l am certain that underneath their topmost layers
of fraility men want to be good and want to be loved.
Indeed most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love,
When a man comes to die, no matter what his talents
and influence and genuis, if he dies unloved his life
must be a failure to him and his dying a cold horror.
It seems to me that if you or l must choose between two courses
of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try to
live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.

-john steinbeck (east of eden)


aRt cHiCk said...

Hi Ken,
This is a beautiful passage about death, and life. Anyone who can realize in their lifetime, that love is the most important thing, will die with the knowing that their life has been a true success!
Art Chick

La Alicia said...

Wow, I'm sorry to hear of Huey's passing. You chose a lovely passage about life and death.

ken said...

Thank you margie.
and thank you La alicia.
both nice comments to get.