Monday, November 10, 2014

Prayer for a Friend

Remembering Charles Longstreet (1947-2013) on the day of his birth.

Prayer For A Friend,
A Father
Oh Great Universe,
Our Creator,
Now,
We return your gift to us,
Our brother, our father,
our friend,
And thank you
For his presence
among us,
The love
and the life
that flowed through him.
Please protect him
On his journey
Along the road
He has yet to travel,
As we ask you
To protect us and nurture us
And help us
To see our way
On our journeys
Through this troubled life.
Help us to remember
That all our paths
Lead to the same place
And we are all
Together again
In love,
In you,
The eternal soul of all.
Amen.


— Russell Rosander


This prayer poem, written by Russell Rosander, and orated at sea by the author as the ashes of Bar None Group co-founder Charles Longstreet (1947-2013) were scattered off the coast of his beloved Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico on August 8, 2014.

On Charles' birthday, we remember Russell's poem and reflect fondly on Charles' life and times. Toasts will be made, tales will be told and tears are certainly to flow throughout the day on November 10.

An artist and poet living in the Costalegre of Mexico, Russell Rosander is not only a co-founder of the Bar None Group he was Chuck's best friend for more than 40 years. Russell, like Chuck before him, calls Barra de Navidad home and he hosts weekly readings and discussions on poetry, art, music and literature...but mostly poetry at Chynna's Backstage Bar.

You can find more of Russell's writing at Russell Rosander Short Stories. You can find a selection of Charles poems on this site by entering Charles Longstreet in the search field at the top right of this page. You will also find poems written about Chuck by a few of his many friends, friends from Canada, Mexico and these United States.