In Memory of Paul F. Lenzi

Stefan Fiedorowicz

“We travelers, walking to the sun, can’t see
Ahead, but looking back the very light
That blinded us shows us the way we came,
Along which blessings now appear, risen
As if from sightlessness to sight, and we,
By blessing brightly lit, keep going toward
That blessed light that yet to us is dark.”

~ Wendell Berry, Sabbaths 1999, VI

He touched our lives with grace
Touched our minds with brilliance
Touched our hearts with tenderness
Touched our spirits with kindness
Paul was a candle in our window

He graced our world with words
Graced our vision with their depths
Graced our creativity by their heights 
Graced our verse by encouragement
Paul was the bell in our weather

He blazed our trail with courage
Left ribbons in trees of compassion
Left cairns along by`ways of integrity
Left flasks by dry springs of mercy
Paul was the Davy in our Crockett

He shines now in our night skies
Shines like a star in our darkness
Shines like a lost coin forever found
Shines as a prodigal forever home
Paul we pray you Write in Peace!


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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6 Responses to In Memory of Paul F. Lenzi

  1. rivrvlogr says:

    Well said, Peter.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This is a very beautiful and true eulogy for Paul my friend and you are a lovely friend for doing so.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you, Candice, for sharing my affection for this exceptional poet and friend . . .


      • I didn’t know him as well as you. He told me off a few times and he and I had differing opinions but I respected his truth and ability to be truthful and dialogue and his talent and his passing is another loss for the world and us here in wp. I’m glad you were his friend, anyone is richer for knowing you Peter, I don’t say that lightly, you are a remarkable human being.

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  3. a fitting tribute to a wonderful writer and friend… We will miss him


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