Wednesday, March 12, 2008
"October" - Remembering a Friend
Dr. Henry Outlaw requested this tribute be posted here. It is a fitting memorial in verse to a good friend of ours from long ago.
In my dream I meet my dead friend. I ask, "How you been?" She grins and looks at me. "I been eating peaches off some mighty fine trees."
Her face was the face of dreams,
As time goes by, and memory shapes itself
Around the heart, I cannot always be sure of
What I remember; cannot even know for
sure if it was real or not, or whether it ever
was at all. But it doesn’t matter in the end,
So long as it is real to me and I can carry it with
me into the life that remains.....
There comes a day
when the light glints through the evening shade
when the cicadas slow their call,
when the north breeze cools your face,
when streams and sky blend a blue color,
when the autumn days begin their short run,
when the church bell tolls clear,
when the leaves go gold as an evening sunset,
when light and color and sound and time change to a softer tone,
when the chestnut burrs plop quickly to the earth,
when, in a gust of wind, the chinkapins are falling,
when summer is over but the sun is warm again,
when the great shadows lengthen in the fields,
when the wild geese, high in the evening sky,
spread out over the the landscape
I think of you.
For now October has come back again,
The strange and lonely month comes back again,
And you will not return.
-Henry E. Outlaw
In memory of Monte Jean Caldwell who died in a
tragic automobile accident near Lebanon Mountain, MS
in October, 1957.
Posted by Carl Houston at 5:28 AM