Here for a Season

When I’m tired
and aggrieved
I return to the earth
green and vivid.
The life of one petal,
one leaf,
here for a season
then passing.
You had many seasons,
many years my friend.
You brightened the earth,
brought a smile
and sharp wit
with gentleman’s grace.
I will miss you.



Michael Diamond
friend and colleague


6 Responses to “Here for a Season”

  1. David Barnes says:

    Lovely tribute — the gift exchange. One season, many seasons, it came to pass, end of the body-world but not the end of earth and sky. I am reminded of words from a poem (Go Now) by Gary Snyder:

    This present moment
    that lives on
    to become
    long ago

  2. Tom Figel says:

    Don, I’m sorry for the loss of your friend. Your poem honors him, even though you don’t mention Michael’s fine hairstyle.

  3. bill dare says:

    Wonderful Don… did Your Friend ever play golf? If so, I’m sure he was at times a Diamond in the “rough”… pun fully intended. I Trust his passing is not rough on you, but filled with many good memories.

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  5. Jack Lavelle says:

    Whattaya think, Donny: you, me and KD are gonna outlive everybody we know?

  6. Maria Frid says:

    I love this tribute to your friend, Michael. You honored him well. Thank you!

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