For The Love Of The Game

The brilliant, much-loved Australian poet and blogger, Paul Squires, died this time last year. I still miss him.

I felt compelled to write a little tribute to him today……

TO PAUL

For The Love Of The Game – I saw it written on a wall and I thought of you; how much you loved the game of words, of music, of poetry, of life. You played the game, not to win but just for the love of it. The love of it all.

A year after your death there is still a little ache in my chest, in my heart. Some people might be surprised at that because I didn’t know you in person but I knew your essence, your spirit. It was larger than you were and I still feel it , looking down on us all, getting into our heads and our hearts and pushing us to write and think and be true.

You made me imagine music in the streets, falling like squares of light. My feet on the well worn roads are a Coltrane solo, double time, burning bright.

You made me imagine colour. Still lives in pink and silver and afternoon yellow, exploring the processes of seeing and looking until my head is full and all I can remember is mesmerising shades of beauty.

You made me imagine time. Linear, looping, forwards, backwards. We humans are so slow compared to the glorious speed of light. Time, it passes. Of that there is no doubt, but it doesn’t stop us remembering .

I bet you travel light now. Able to shift from star to star as quickly as breathing. I bet you see the things you knew all along, drinking in the scent of the moon.

Sometimes I think I see you, directing clouds, colouring sunsets, blowing the dust from the tops of redgums. You are distant but close, you are gone but you are still here, still playing the game, still loving it, meandering mysteriously through the skies, with only poems in your pockets.

Love always.

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17 thoughts on “For The Love Of The Game

  1. Hi Selma,
    A lovely tribute. I particularly liked:-
    “I bet you travel light now. Able to shift from star to star as quickly as breathing. I bet you see the things you knew all along, drinking in the scent of the moon.”
    Very nice indeed.

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  2. GABRIELLE,
    I am really glad you liked it. I miss him too. And I can also feel it. He really was one in a million!

    MAGS,
    Thank you so much. It is really kind of you to say so!

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  3. A wonderful tribute Selma, and what fantastic writing from you!
    I LOVED – “You made me imagine music in the streets, falling like squares of light. My feet on the well worn roads are a Coltrane solo, double time, burning bright.” – Beautiful!

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  4. ‘blowing the dust from the tops of redgums.’ <<< LOVE!!

    I love your style Selma, such beautiful writing, and a heartfelt dedication to a passionate poet I am just discovering now, thanks to you. 🙂

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  5. DEBORAH,
    Thank you so much. He was a beautiful person!!

    SUSANNAH,
    Paul was a bit of a jazz fan and frequently referenced jazz musicians and techniques in his work. I thought the least I could do was throw in a bit of Coltrane. So glad you liked that bit!

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  6. i second those emotions, thanks selma, it is so good to remember and to realize that he is remembered in some deep abiding way by everyone he touched. awesome salutations, may he shine all the brighter

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  7. TIPOTA,
    He is definitely remembered in a deep, abiding way. I know I’ll never forget him. It is GREAT to remember him!

    ADEEYOYO,
    He was very talented. And gone much too soon.

    CHILDWOMAN,
    That is so kind of you to say so. It means a lot to me because this is one of the first times I think I managed to say what I really felt in my heart. Often I can think it or feel it but it just doesn’t come out the way I wanted. Thank you!

    MELEAH,
    Thanks, hon 😀

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  8. Susannah
    A wonderful tribute Selma, and what fantastic writing from you!
    I LOVED – “You made me imagine music in the streets, falling like squares of light. My feet on the well worn roads are a Coltrane solo, double time, burning bright.” – Beautiful!

    SUSANNAH,
    Paul was a bit of a jazz fan and frequently referenced jazz musicians and techniques in his work. I thought the least I could do was throw in a bit of Coltrane. So glad you liked that bit!

    I love how you referenced Coltrane and alluded to William Blake’s ‘ The Tyger’ (‘burning bright’) thereby giving a nod to two of Paul’s passions –Jazz and Poetry. Tremendous tribute.
    DavidM

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  9. DAVID,
    WOW. What an amazing comment. You are far too kind to me. I guess I really wanted to write something that gave credit to Paul, so I really did put a lot of effort into this. Thank you so much for your wonderful words – they mean a lot!

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