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Treasure our MOMENTS, treasure our identities: A tribute to John Updike

Life is like a candle in the wind.  Are you living your life to the fullest today?

I came across this moving poem by John, who has recently passed away.  A fantastic poem encapsulating the essence of time, life and identities.  This ties in perfectly with my latest Most Touching Story to date, Shan’s MOMENTS in time.

Good and bad times are part of life and living.  Have you etched yourself in the hearts and minds of your loved ones today?

I’ll leave you with John’s poem.

Perfection Wasted

And another regrettable thing about death

is the ceasing of your own brand of magic,

which took a whole life to develop and market-

the quips, the witticisms, the slant

adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest

the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched

in the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears,

their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat,

their response and your performance twinned.

The jokes over the phone. The memories packed

in the rapid-access file. The whole act.

Who will do it again? That’s it: no one;

imitators and descendants aren’t the same.

– John Updike

Composed 1/24/90

Collected Poems 1953-1993 (Knopf, 1993, p. 231)

January 29, 2009   No Comments