My friend Jacqui Bertrand (Stather) died suddenly on January 29th
All who knew Jacqui will remember her in colour! She radiated enthusiasm, anger, joy, outrage, hope, passion and love in equally extravagant measure. She carried these qualities through life and they were undiminished at the time of her untimely death. She leaves behind husband Chris, daughter Molly and sons Robin and Piers and their families, to whom all condolences go at this most difficult of times.
She was my dear friend for 56 years and I shall miss her more than I can say.
Jonesy and Jacqui
What are we to do?
What are we to do
as we stand like grounded birds
shocked by rain,
staring into the veil
where once was clear light?
What are we to say
at this time of knives
where presence is
in a moment gone
and absence is all?
Count your heartbeats
one by one as you fold
into your grief. Not as if to say,
“I am still here inside my life”,
but to declare that for as long
as that old muffled bell still booms,
your crazy rainbow self will hear it
and you’ll be, as ever was,
just one heartbeat distant.
FIRST LIGHT by Brian Eno and Harold Budd