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Tydskrif vir Letterkunde

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Tydskr. letterkd. vol.51 n.2 Pretoria Sep. 2014

 

TRIBUTE

 

Peter E. Clarke (2.6.1929-13.4.2014)

 

 

James Matthews

 

 

 

the time of departure has arrived

the moment we met measured fifty years and more

Peter, you knocked on my front door

was it a Saturday, i am not sure

the bonding started with the clasping of hands

our friendship matured the passing of years

sweetened with the drinking of many a glass of wine

and listening to John Coltrane and Nina Simone

i visited in turn while you were still in Simonstown

you became familiar with my household

a member of the family and my children called you Uncle Peter

you became godfather to my daughter Terry

gentle were you in demeanour but you would not allow

others to occupy your space

your passing had placed me in a void

my spirit has been deeply wounded

the passing of time will bring about the healing of pain

Peter the memory of your being shall always be

in my heart and mind

 


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