Last Saturday, one of my oldest and dearest friends passed away. Both my husband and I had been close to Dr. Stephen Hayes—and his wife Clare—for almost fifty years. It is hard to say goodbye to someone who has been an important part of your life for so long.
I rededicate my poem today to my dear friend Clare in memory of her husband Steve. (Note: The poem is a cento. It was composed using lines from other writers' poems.)
A Poem for Clare
(In Memory of Steve)
Have you ever found something beautiful, and maybe just in time?
Lift up your lovely eyes and look.
I’m going to somewhere gentle.
I have a secret power, and
I can fly to where the sky begins…
Into the white fire of a great mystery,
Feel stars and sun and bells singing,
Swing through the shadows like warm gray whispers…
Spinning and dancing.
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free…
And I consider eternity another possibility.
You were such a star to me.
Wherever you are
I watch you twinkling
While you float free into a cloud of sudden azaleas.
And wherever I go, it feels as though I never left at all.
But wherever I go,
I will build a palace
Fit for you and me.
Goodbye, dear friend. I will shed many tears because you are now gone from my life--but I will smile often when I think of all the happy times we shared with each other.
Information about Dr. Stephen D. Hayes
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology: The Doctor Stephen Hayes Community Mental Health Project and Loan Repayment Opportunities
Hayes Building dedicated at LCHC
Lynn Health Center co-founder Hayes to leave lasting imprint
No sign of slowing down; Hayes reflects on 38 years at Lynn Community Health Center
Ceremony at State House Honors Community Mental Health Pioneer Dr. Stephen D. Hayes on May 5
Dr. Stephen D. Hayes Community Mental Health Project Event by Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology - MSPP (Albums)
Health Center’s Building Is Named for Local Doctor