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Once and Future King

by Chris Sorrenti

“Why the tears Monsieur?”
asked the elegantly dressed man
with a red rose in his lapel.

I mourn the loss of a great man, sir.

“Great? Define ‘great’ Monsieur.”

One who loved his country,
its people as much as his own family, sir.

The elegantly dressed man
with a red rose in his lapel
then smiled and said,
“Do not despair Monsieur,
the place where he has gone
puts tremendous value on such souls.
When the time is right, you will see him again.”

Upon finishing,
the elegantly dressed man smiled once more,
sniffed the rose, then tipped his hat.
“Till we meet again Monsieur, adieu.”

In memory of Pierre Elliot Trudeau
1919 – 2000
15th Prime Minister of Canada

 photo father-and-son-1973pierre-trudeau-and-his-son-justin-arrive by Rod MacIvor 1973 RED70.jpeg

© 2000
Photo: PM Trudeau carrying his son and future Prime Minister, Justin, at a garden party
© 1973 Rod McIvor

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Posted on 11/11/2005
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 11/11/05 at 03:03 PM

...chris, this is a delightful tribute and you cloak it so well with your words, and the whole thing is just a moment in time, and yet we have this word eternal going on...so: Till we meet again Monsieur, adieu. peace, chaz

Posted by Rula Shin on 11/11/05 at 03:58 PM

As if the energy of beautiful passed souls linger more difinitively in the world of the living. A beautiful, soft, and subtle tribute to a man of whom I knew nothing, and now, because of this poem, have read and come to know (at the very least) his NAME.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 11/11/05 at 08:33 PM

Excellent Chris. I'm doubt if I'm alone in thinking that if there were more leaders like him, there just might be world peace...or something closer to it.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 11/12/05 at 01:39 PM

I believe I have met this poem before. nevertheless the second encounter is as delightful as was the first.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 11/12/05 at 02:08 PM

since first seeing this poem in The Jury Room workshop with you, I've never forgotten in whenever I think of him. And that lapel flower. Wonderful piece & tribute.

Posted by Maureen Glaude on 11/12/05 at 02:09 PM

oops, sorry, I meant "it" not "in" of course.

Posted by Michelle Angelini on 11/14/05 at 02:57 AM

Chris, what a wonderful tribute to a great leader. And the great ones leave behind their memories because they are great. n'est-pa? oui? (pardon the rusty French)

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 11/15/05 at 01:29 AM

Elegant eulogy!

Posted by Keith D Allison on 11/15/05 at 03:31 PM

Excellent tribute, Chris

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 11/19/05 at 12:42 AM

Fitting tribute Chris. Very well done...Charlie

Posted by Laura Doom on 11/20/05 at 03:44 PM

A great many inferences and implicit questions in this, on which I'm not qualified to comment. However, I do feel that the tribute 'vehicle' is subtle and, yes, eloquent.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 09/26/09 at 05:45 PM

You give me a whole different impression of a man I had known only in distant headlines - a plastic figure you made human for me. Thanks for this, Chris.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 09/28/09 at 04:15 PM

I enjoyed reading this again Chris...CharMin

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