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Old 04-04-10   #1
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My Altar for remembrance of my brother, John Robert Horner, November 9, 1964 - April 4, 2004


Go raibh maith agaibh go léir agus beannacht.

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or night or pain can reach you.
Your love was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of colour.
The sound of your voice
Found for us
A new music
That brightened everything.
Whatever you enfolded in your gaze
Quickened in the joy of its being;
You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.
Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things.


Though your days here were brief,
Your spirit was live, awake, complete.
We look towards each other no longer
From the old distance of our names;
Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath,
As close to us as we are to ourselves.


Though we cannot see you with outward eyes,
We know our soul’s gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything
To which we bring our best refinement.
Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.


When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;
May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.
May you continue to inspire us:
To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.
– John O’Donohue




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Old 04-04-10   #2
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To the memory of your brother

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I second .....To John.
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To John.
And for his memory.
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For John....

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At a table in heaven sat some souls, talking, eating and drinking.

One knocked over his cup, but it was empty. "That's it", he said. "They have forgotten me on Earth."

Let us drink (and remember) so that the cups of our dearly departed will never become empty.
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A truly beautiful spirit who lives on.
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I shall raise a stout , with this thought :

O Loving Death , Eternal Smile ,
Let Us Kiss Thy Lips Awhile ,

Let Us Clasp Thee To Our Breasts ,
By Thy Grace Be Laid To Rest ,
By Thy Touch Be Brought To Life ,
Free From Fear , And Greed , And Strife ,
Soul To Fly As Child Blessed ,
As Risen From The World Enmeshed ,
As Risen From The Form Entombed ,
O Chainless One , O Winged Womb !

Wherever you have , or do journey...

Wind At Your Back !
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I went AFK, to spend some time with John, to have lunch and drink a little beer and remember.
It was so incredibly nice to come back to this from you guys...Thank you so much.

Because this song means so much to me, and did to John. It was from the last CD I ever sent him - and the only one he didn't sell in those terrible last days, when he sold everything he had. When I went to BC to collect his few things, he had saved his essays from university, a suitacase of his poetry, and this CD. As soon as I played it, I knew why.
For the Angel.


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