Friday, November 13, 2009

Some sad news

Joan O'Flynn , (AKA Drama Queen Bus Poet and member of The Lucan Writers passed away yesterday.Beyond blogging I never met or knew Joan at all , but I liked her writing.Below is her beautiful poem written for The Poetry Bus. Any comments might best be left on Joan's blog.

Wait for me.

River winding to the sea, wait for me.
Rippling gently, rushing slowly,
Take me with you, keep me buoyant,
Pushing ever onwards, make me free.

Whisk me in your steady current
Bobbing briskly with its force,
Undeterred by sudden torrent
Keeping ever a clear course.

No time to wait, to hesitate,
Stagnate in boggy marsh;
Drawn by undertow and flow
Through terrain however harsh.

Immerse me in the endless sea.
Winding river, wait, oh wait for me.

There is a great interview with Joan by Niamh Bagnell here


ArtSparker said...

Thanks for posting this.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Oh TFE how very sad.
What a good thing it is that we don't know what is in store for us = her poem is just so very apt. I shall go to her site now and leave my condolences.

Heather said...

The strength of some 'bloggy' friendships takes us by surprise TFE, and I am so sorry you have lost Joan. Her poem is beautiful and makes me wonder if she had a premonition of what was to come.

Liz said...

Very sorry, TFE, even though I didn't know her, the fact that she was a fellow blogger and poet and Bus poet really makes it touch home...that poem says so much, in retrospect.

Kat Mortensen said...

She was a real talent and will be missed.

Rachel Fox said...

This was the only post of Joan's that I read and I didn't know her like any of you. It's a lovely poem though. Maybe the Watercats or Dominic could give it a tune - it would take it well I think.

Dominic Rivron said...

Sad news. I had not visited her blog until very recently. The poem is very poignant in the circumstances.

Mad Aunt Bernard said...

that is sad news, but what a wonderful thing to leave behind. It's truly beautiful. I'm keeping a note of this in my journal....thankyou for posting it :)

Karen said...

Here's something I've thought about that Joan's passing brings forth again: how will we know (here in Cyberspace) when our friends are gone? We should all have a plan for notifying each other. These sad things obviously do happen. :-(

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Dr. Jeanne Iris said...

A true gift to have been briefly touched by Joan...and touched indeed by this angel's passing. Her inspiration continues through our responses. Thank you for this elevation of human consciousness, TFE. xoxo

Totalfeckineejit said...

Thanks for all these comments folks.I really didn't know Joan at all and yet she had been on The Bus and taken time to comment and join in.I had also heard her talk on Niamh's radio show so I felt It perhaps would be wrong not mention her passing, particularly as she wasn't well and her poem spoke so eloquently.May she rest in peace.

My Son My Son said...

Hi I am Joan's son and while i knew that she was a talented writer i only saw her blog on the day of her funeral.
We thank you for your kind words.