On the golden water-lilies
there´s a new shine tonight
at the lake in front of the house
where you welcomed us years ago.

Where the honeybird came for breakfast
I can hear your song inside me
after you passed through the Veranda´s curtain.

There´s one red rose among the red roses
that holds the blood your heart had to bleed.
The birds prove they´ve learned your sweet song of joy.

For the hope you gave to so many of the young
may God reward you with eternal youth.


written on March 8th, 2005

  for Dr. James F. Stuart,
  Baton Rouge * December 23rd 1928; + March 7th, 2005
  sung in the funeral mass in St. Thomas More, Baton Rouge, March 10th, 2005
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