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Patti Smith poem for Jerry


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http://www.pattismith.net/souvenance.html

JEROME JOHN GARCIA

Jerry

August 1, 1942 - August 9, 1995

It is said Jerry died smiling in his sleep. Where did he go? Far beyond the land of Dead encampments, of fellow travelers joining a wandering carnival skirting the afterlife. Deep within his sleeping cells perhaps he reentered the atmosphere of his boyhood. Crouching in knee pants scraping the sidewalks with colored chalks. Lifting his ear to the sound of birds chirping his future note by note.

We are Jerry's future. We lift our ear to his music. And we continue to live, smiling ourselves.

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