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Ominous but Juanimous

by Maureen Glaude

for Juan O’Neill 1933-2006

Now the Ides of March
will forever mark
the tragedy of your exit

but I ’d wager you’ve already
permitted yourself
at least one wry smile
in observation of your
theatrical timing.

How very you,
thespian, poet
Shakespeare afficianado
lover of history, the classics,
and literary device.

Play On! Juan! Play On!
Strut that great stage
in the sky!


Author's Note: for my (and so many of ours in town and in this country)dear friend, first and long-time host of poetry, Juan O'Neill who passed away March 15th, 2006 (the Ides of March). I'd just heard the Ides mentioned on my radio, when I got the dreaded call about his demise that day. I'll be giving this at his tribute reading Sunday. The first of many poems I'm sure about him post-mortem, but not my first with him in it.

Posted on 03/17/2006
Copyright © 2021 Maureen Glaude

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/17/06 at 07:20 PM

Bravo! 'reen Bravo! Although Juan had expressed to me a desire to survive long enough to see Fidel Castro's demise, as you've noted, I can easily visualize that wry smile of his sharing the infamy of the ides of March with Julius Ceasar. Et tu O'Neill??? :o)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/17/06 at 07:23 PM

Oops...that should be Caesar. And maybe we should name a salad after him like Juanimous?!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/17/06 at 11:47 PM

I like this tribute to Juan O'Neill - even the mixed name is intriguing. "theatrical timing", indeed!

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 03/20/06 at 12:10 AM

A very warm tribute to one you respect highly in the "arts".

Posted by Rachelle Howe on 10/24/06 at 07:07 PM

This is awesome. I love the lyrical aspects. You've got some solid lines in here and it's a good celebration of death.

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