I write because I would like to live forever.
Reginald Shepherd, 1963-2008
My cousin, Mark, died last week at the age of 47. His age alone would make this loss tragic, but what made it profound was that he had a good spirit that reached farther than his body, trapped within cerebral palsy, ever could. Now the world loses this 45-year-old poet, whose words reach farther than his too-few years. Both will be missed by many.
(To read a poem, "You, Therefore," by Reginald Shepherd, go here. To go to his blog, click on the photograph.)