Monday, 7 March 2011

Goodbye Brian Taylor - a poem

No room for mourning: he's gone out

Into the noisy glen, or stands between the stones

Of the broken ridge, or you'll hear his shout

Rolling among the screes, he being a boy again.

He'll never fail nor die

And if they laid his bones

In the granite vaults or iron sarcophagi

Of fame, he'd rise at the first summer rain

And stride across the hills to seek

His rest among the bony lands and clouds.

He was a stormy day, a wet peak

Spearing the sky; and look, about its base

Words flower like crocuses in the gaunt woods,

Blank though the dalehead and the hanging face.

Sidney Keyes (killed in action in Tunisia, aged 20).wrote this magnificent elegy in memory of William Wordsworth:

Brian and some of the athletes he coached in Christchurch.

I got an email from Neville Cleveland today. Brian was our athletics coach from when we were 14 to about 20, and we all have remained great friends since. As I have been overseas a long time Neville was closer to Brian. He wrote to me today, "there is no further news on Brian , and it is difficult coming to terms with the fact he has moved on unexpectedly."  He wrote of speaking to Prue, Brian's wife and how traumatic and difficult it is for her and their two boys, and he added "It is very sad , and my mother has also taken it badly. She will be 90 this year. "

Yes the giant Totara has fallen. Farewell Brian.


Anjana Dayal de Prewitt (Gudia) said...

May his soul rest in peace! The best thing a man can do is to inspire generations towards the positive and looks like Brian did just that.

It is very painful to loose a husband, father and a dear friend so suddenly. May Brian's family and friends find solace and keep up his beautiful legacy.

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Thanks Arjana for your caring and empathetic words which I am sure Brian's family and friends will appreciate.

Bob McKerrow - Wayfarer said...

Kia ora Robb

This tragic earthquake has affected so many people. Thanks for your words of solace to family and friends.

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Brian was one of the most positive and likeable people I ever met and he had a great sense of humour.
It is tragic that he and so many others were lost in the earthquake. My sincere codolences to his friends and family. Ewan McDougall

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Dear Ewan

We never thought Brian would go like that. Yes, we've lost a wonderful bright, happy and caring friend. He was an inspiration in our early days as athletes, and continued in one way of another, to mentor many of us.

We must keep in touch with each other. Bob

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