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A speech for John Dyson’s memorial

Below is the speech I made at Dad’s celebration. It was a fantastic party – he’d have loved it. Barbecue and bluegrass, friends and family. Do please comment below – especially if you would like to share anything – it would be welcome. You can read his obituary by clicking here.


Hello everyone.

If my voice goes funny, please bear with me!

John Dyson. What a beautiful, beautiful man. This is at once the worst thing in the world, something I would never, could never want to do. But also something I can’t imagine not doing. It’s a real honour to have a chance to say a few things before you all. I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night thinking “I must tell the nose trick story” or “don’t forget the Piewipe stuff”, but there’s just so much, I’m going to keep it simple. It would take more than a book to even begin to do him justice.
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Blessing the boats

Blessing the Boats
 by Lucille Clifton (at St Mary’s)
may the tide
 that is entering even now
 the lip of our understanding
 carry you out
 beyond the face of fear
 may you kiss
 the wind then turn from it
 certain that it will
 love your back may you
 open your eyes to water
 water waving forever
 and may you in your innocence
 sail through this to that