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Left to me, your worst historian,
to pick up, in a daze, some depth of diction
I never found while you had lived

and I can only now pretend that words are capsules
of sanguinity, that they’ll unmask the symbologies
of sound that bore your binaries to their realms
like sacred dreams of Hypnos.
                                                    Regret’s a simple word.

I always thought of "A Separate Peace", and in those scenes
you were this Mozart in the rough, a perfect chord, one
which I would meekly channel through cracks of light
shown through the fist of my own interference,
steady indifference.
                                   Why this wisdom, now?

The cosmic clown who wrote this song
does not annotate our endings with an epilogue.
I do not see the irony in celebrating
your new found space.

                                       There is no iconicity,
no special shape
that serves the world
as you did serve,
to bend and writhe the streets
into a wellspring, a circuitry of light
to lead your vibe into my home,
your tribe of thoughts into my self.

You know, these roads are still around; we walk back through them now
to find what hinders your design, what keeps you from our dumbest senses.
And as I said, I am altered, for one day less than forever,
I am a new found instrument,
encoded with your time
and place,
your part in atoms
I still use.

I will admit, I didn't know
every place survives your travels
and still does carry your quickest grin.

I hadn't realized that you still reach
into the sun for shadows,
and we’re all cast from a bulb
we cannot squint away,
that we have gathered in this
pool of bright
because we still
can hear you
here,

but I believe it all,
today.
R.I.P. Keith (a.k.a. iNfiNiTeK)

i went to a funeral today for an old friend. i wrote this poem to read aloud at his memorial service tomorrow.

funeral poems
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Adonael Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love how you look at the friendship, rather than the things he did specifically. I think there's more resonance in highlighting what a person means to another.

Quite moving also how you point out that it's only now he's gone that you could talk about him so innately, in so much aesthetic detail.

Anyway, my condolences.
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013   Writer
thanks.
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Adonael Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No worries!
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halcyonshores Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Writer
:heart:
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archelyxs Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
This is so beautiful.
I hope that you are getting along well. :tighthug:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013   Writer
I've been better, I'm sure. Thanks. :hug:
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brassteeth Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Sorry to hear.
Anyone would be most pround of the work above. glorious, aptly melancholy and introverted.
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Writer
Thanks Chris. I find grief itself to be a form of introversion, even when shared.
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brassteeth Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Yep :nod: agreed.
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flummo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Writer
This is all-around lovely. I'm sorry for your loss.
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:iconthetaoofchaos:
thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Writer
Thank you so much.
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leyghan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful Shane. What a wonderful tribute.

I am a new found instrument,
encoded with your time
and place,
your part in atoms
I still use.

I will admit, I didn't know
every place survives your travels
and still does carry your quickest grin.


Those words in particular quickened my soul. :heart:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Writer
Thank you Rosie. "quickened my soul" is a lovely thing to hear. :hug:
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leyghan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle:
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: This is beautiful, Shane.
I'm sorry for your loss.
(But I'm glad your friend had someone to
share something so lovely in his name.)
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013   Writer
Thanks Rachel. I appreciate that. :heart:
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:heart: Of course, Shane.
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SadisticIceCream Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Writer
You mention that it's difficult to capture the entirety of a person's life in a handful of words, but this is a really wonderful tribute. I'm sorry you had to write it, though. :hug:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   Writer
I'm sorry I had to write it , too. Thanks for stopping by and spending your time here.
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0hgravity Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought of "A Separate Peace", and in those scenes
you were this Mozart in the rough, a perfect chord, one
which I would meekly channel through cracks of light
shown through the fist of my own interference,
steady indifference.

--this was the most beautiful to me.

lovely tribute.
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Writer
I appreciate it. Thanks for reading. :)
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lombregrise Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Writer
my condolences - great homage.
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Writer
I appreciate that. Thank you.
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A beautiful tribute, dearheart. :heart:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Writer
Thanks so much. :heart:
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome, honey. :hug:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Writer
:hug:
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reflectionsinwater Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The imagery and the poem is so transcendent yet personal, that it just rightfully captures him. I'm sure he would have loved it :heart:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Writer
thanks! i would like to think so. it's more for myself and his friends, than anything.
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alapip Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
a beautifully written tribute, Shane.
i'm sorry about your friend...
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Writer
Thanks Pip. I appreciate that.
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v-espertine Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
in those scenes
you were this Mozart in the rough, a perfect chord, one
which I would meekly channel through cracks of light

amazing. i am so sorry. <3
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Writer
Thanks for giving it your attention. And I appreciate the sentiment. <3
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swansisters Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:hug: that is only way I can respond my friend. Take care and beautiful moving writing
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Writer
Thank you Kay. :hug:
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
This is the best thing I've read by you in a long time.

Farewell, Keith.
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Writer
I appreciate that. Thanks. Keith was a cool cat - in the 20 years i knew him, I never heard him ever get angry or even utter a curse word. He might have been the most positive person I've ever known, while still being totally authentic. They don't make many like that.
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Certainly I am not like that. I curse a lOt. Pretty authentically, though. It's good that there was someone positive.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Oh sweetheart.
There are no words for me to respond, but this is just so wholly true of loss, and I am sure it is wholly true of Keith.

:tighthug:
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thetaoofchaos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013   Writer
Thanks Kate. I hope I did capture something of him, if even just the part of myself he affected. :heart:
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
:tighthug: That's an important part too
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