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Memorial Poem

Say if you will my name
and speak of me without a shadow
in your voice, speak of me easily
as the restless world is still now
and its mountains lowered to the plain,
to the seashore and the endless sea,

For I am with you
and you with me.

Hear if you will the sound
of sweet music that surrounds
us with unheard-of harmonies;
for the cage of time is broken,
its iron bars are bent and open
and I am flying free,

And I am with you
and you with me.

 

i.m. Ingvar Backmann, jazz musician (double-bass) and my neighbour.

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