in memory of Gary Hatch (pictured here with his wife, AnneMarie)
On the Passing of a Friend
by Gideon Burton
We live our lives with confidence that some
are living better. You were one of these
for us, alive to books and language, done
with lesser things, with better things more pleased;
a man of curiosity who shared
enthusiasms freely with us all,
whose even-tempered spirit never flared,
but steadied many far more apt to fall.
Somehow you stayed untouched by all the death
in life, untroubled by uncertainty,
devoting freely hand and heart and breath
to neighbor, colleague, student, family.
We mourn and wonder, prizing fresh your time,
while through the skies your gentle spirit climbs.