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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone

Ted Kennedy
1932 – 2009

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W.H. Auden

Although this poem expresses my deep sense of loss, I must add:
Something now CAN come to good... it is now up to us to take up Senator Kennedy's deep belief in empowering all Americans, from the lowliest to the highest... and bringing all to the level created by courageous love.

17 Comments:

Blogger John said...

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Blogger John said...

Health Care for all would be a great way to honor him.

12:54 PM

 
Blogger Judy Williams said...

Although he practiced partisan politics, he was always open to both sides and was a champion for the underdog. With the philanthropy of his sister Eunice and the fighting spirit of Teddy for the common man, I feel that there is some serious Woo Hoo-ing going on in the great beyond, with both joining their forces so close to each other.

RIP Senator Kennedy.

1:52 PM

 
Anonymous NikkiS said...

Yes, health care for all was his dream. And the ending of a dynasty seems CRAZY to contemplate...I wish JFK Jr. was still here to champion the family cause...I guess us Liberal Progressive Democrats have another angel in heaven to look out for us...although I wish he could have stayed with us long enough to witness it happen...come on DEMS...enough of the Bi-Partisanship...go it ALONE!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!

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Anonymous NikkiS said...

And can I just say that I really was exhausted with the facebook status' yesterday that read: RIP Mary Jo...she died July 18th 40 years ago...I don't think it is nice to use her death on the day of Teddy's death to somehow push your political agenda...ESPECIALLY since she was a Liberal herself...I don't think she would have liked that...if these people really were concerned about her death...and the rememberance of her...they would have posted that on July 18th--NOT on the day he passed away...:(

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Blogger Yakpate said...

What Nikki said.

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Blogger stacyj said...

I was also saddened and stunned by his loss. He was flawed, but who isn't? He became the patriarch for a family that needed one and for us liberal progressives. Now we need one, or a matriarch (even better), to lead us through the wasteland that is Congress.

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