Friday, December 14, 2007

van gogh


van gogh, originally uploaded by boxersiciliano.

In light of Justin moving so recently to Boulder, I wanted to share a piece of prose that I wrote for him on July 9,2006

Justin

You were once
the child
steering your own
jewel
river boat

Peter and the Wolf
chased you
along the rivers
shore
of
deep imagination

The oars
of adolescence
fraught with
your being
handed a
family’s sadly
leaky boat

The college years
when you
were not
spared
the necessary weight
of a
deeply broken heart
both
Julia and Marco
swept
under
the river’s surface
One taken
by life
and
One
by death

Your present
watery
Van Gogh
years
of the thrill
and passion
of floating
artistically and
precariously
along
the river’s edge
of
no guarantees

Row, row
row your boat
gently down the
stream
your heart’s buoyancy
will sail you
into all
the days of your life.

---Mom

3 comments:

Conley said...

I love your mom. This brings many tears to my eyes. The love she has for you and respect she has for her son. WOW. This is truly beautiful. Love and cherish your mother and row,row, row your boat you sensitive, Italian, Irish man, who shaves his legs and has a fear of heights. Loving you, still. And I am not sorry for it...Conley

Swirly said...

Very lovely.

turtle said...

justin - justs spent quite a while reading your blog and first of all -- i am so glad you are here -- so glad. and secondly, you have served as a great inspiration to me. after all my years in ess eff it was truly an adventure to come to live in colorado. i think i had lost some of the sparks i felt initially until i read your words and i feel ready to go back out there and feel the joy of this wonderful place. welcome home. xo, turtle