Eulogy for David by his friend Lourence
This poem was written yesterday by one of David’s dearest friends and confidants, Lourence who asked me to publish it online. It will be read today at the Vigil in New York by David’s comrades from SMUG, Frank Mugisha and Val Kalende. With Lourence’s permission I also added a section from his email which speaks to the other David – the son, lover, uncle, brother, friend and mentor.
Just thought it was important amidst the hype to remember not only was he a gay activist but a friend to many and a loving son to a mother who I know up to now her heart pains of the loss of her beloved son amidst all the hate and mockery by the religious bigots. A brother whose world suddenly feels lonely, the very many nephews and Nieces David took great care of and cherished not to mention people who looked up to him and shared more with him. I am not a good poet I must apologize though but just felt I would squeeze a thousands words into the few lines.
Ever felt the truth of hopelessness?
A look through the window
An atrocious reminder of the pearls
This body that I don I no longer know
Swamped by endless sheds of streams
These shades make me fumble and stumble
Ever felt the stare of the void?
Joy has grown faint in my heart
Peace has departed from my soul
Ever felt the pain of a vacuum?
The emptiness makes me cold
The memories though precious a sting
More than a treasured selfless warrior
Passion that transcended boundaries
Even through the darkest pains
A great Son, a loving brother, a caring Uncle
The light in many eyes, the hope of many dreams
Priceless faded rays of the lonely stars
Wanders no one will ever know
Yet these days with him, and all I share.
With Love for David