MARK V SHELDON
In a corporeal internship...
I'm stunned and feel like yet another void has been created inside me with the passing of a truly great man. I have been preoccupied with everything else and haven't been here in too long, and upon returning to "check-in" on the main poetry page hoping to find Sy's name (his poetry was traditionally always the first I would read when revisiting PIP), I got an uneasy feeling that was verified by this post... I remember that many of his later poems were self reflective regarding how he felt and how it seemed he was tired and "winding down".... But I will always remember him for the flawless sonnets he would write DAILY, filled with art, passion, observation, thought, symmetry, rhyme, technique, humor, emotion, and the gamut of human experience he so aptly and poignantly was able to express and share with all of us lucky enough to have known about PIP. He was such a gracious man who would always find the time to read my poetry and leave some kind words of encouragement.
Sy, though I never met you in person, I will miss you immensely for the spirit of yours which shared with me words of inspiration every time I visited PIP. I will miss your interactions with all of our fellow poets on the site. I wish you would have taken my sincere advice to you, time and again, and published your poems for the world to appreciate, but then again, you did via the Internet through PIP... I wish I could have said goodbye, but then, "See you soon" would fare better, somewhere down the eternal road. May I end this free-flow of gratitude by returning your quote to me: "You are a Scholar and a Gentleman." Fare well, my friend... Namasté.
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