In Further Memory of Edward Said

27 Dec

In Further Memory of Edward Said


Always, always


That voice


is gone



What he gave

we miss

we need

we want


Our loss

his loss


an echo


Sunsets bright

that shine

yet soon



Unlike waves

that beat

on shore




is loss

his gift

our hope



our loss

our tears

his hopes


Honor such a loss

clear eyes

brave words




12 Responses to “In Further Memory of Edward Said”

  1. Claudia Damon December 27, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    A lovely poem in honor of a lovely intelligent person. My favorite of Said’s is “Out of Place,” his memoir, which my sister gave me. Before she had read it, she knew it would be good because she knew him as a fellow faculty member at Columbia. She was right. If only we could go back in time when things were gentler….

  2. John Walsh December 27, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Beautiful poem and one that truly expresses our loss. Especially at times like now.

    • Richard Falk December 29, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      Thanks, John. Wishing you a HNY, and a fulfilling year in 2013. It would be
      good if our paths were to cross once again.


  3. peripamir December 28, 2012 at 12:36 am #

    I truly appreciate this remembrance. Like many people, I too was devasted by his premature departure. He was personally my all time favorite intellectual. He still is… Thank you Richard…

    • Richard Falk December 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm #

      Thanks, Peri. Wishing you a HNY, and a satisfying year in 2013. R

  4. Gene Schulman December 28, 2012 at 6:52 am #

    Thanks, Richard. I had been looking for your promised reply to Atzmon’s post about your dismissal from the UN. But this paean to Said is lovely. He is worth remembering as a complete human being, and Barenboem keeps him alive with the East West Divine orchestra.

  5. jesualdo correia December 29, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    It`s all the more amazing to the must-be inner-conviction mankind has to have regarding fundamental values as decency and intellectual integrity to read your posts, to watch your political attitudes, and now to absorb the beauty of your poetical form of manifestation. Just a few have the inner conviction and outer courage for that.

    • Richard Falk December 29, 2012 at 10:51 am #

      Jeusaldo Correia:

      I am moved by your words, generous beyond what I deserve, and deeply appreciated.

      Wishing you the best for 2013!


      • jesualdo correia December 30, 2012 at 6:48 am #

        All the best to you too. And no mistake about it, there is no flattery or arrière pensée… you do deserve it.

        Jesualdo Correia

      • Richard Falk December 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

        I will accept your words as a challenge! Warm greetings.

  6. Ceylan December 30, 2012 at 1:23 am #

    . . . which you always do, with clear eyes, brave & eloquent words and courage and lead us to have a clearer view, braver thoughts and more courage: THANK YOU!.

    Goddess bless you :-)

    • Richard Falk December 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

      I will do my best to sustain your confidence, which is precious for me!

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