From this window, like the moon, we close the distance
The distance between you and our collective sorrow
With thoughts and verse, a kaleidoscope of painted hues that we somehow hope will capture the essence The essence of you.
Man of purple: the serene stability of blue transcending all inflicted wounds
bleeding calm instead of hate combined with the fierce energy of red resolute committed fixed certain uncompromising.
Representing wisdom and dignity both of which you treasured.
Power and ambition both of which you grasped.
Devotion and creativity both of which you lived.
Man of Black: without black all colours have no depth
No depth or variation
Representing Strength and Authority both of which you embodied
Elegance and sophistication both of which you carried so well.
Like the first flash of dawn you brightened our lives with the colour of hope,
hope that our united voice could make a difference.
That our swallowed pain could come forth in restorative truth manifested into life giving
power… Power and strength for future generations of the forgotten child.
You took the box full of darkness meant to destroy you and peeled it from your innocence
You found an adventure of colour in penned word and painted canvas
You brightened everything with your passion
Though your days with us were brief you brought life love and peace
We will not look for you only in memory
We will see you in in every inspired work of art
In every poem of justice hoped for and truth told
In every beautiful rhythm of world music echoing eternal tones
Although we now grieve your loss
You will always dwell in that sacred place
Of our collective love
Where no wraith of loss will ever be able to hold you captive again
May you continue to inspire us
Until we again see your beautiful face
In that place where no tear falls and there are no more goodbyes
Until then we will salute you and celebrate your life full of colour
Your Colour Full Life.