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A Tanka dedicated to ‘Dog’ – A true gentleman. RIP

Still trying to process, hoping this might help.


I took this photo while stuck in traffic outside Oxford, still in shock after hearing the news that Dog, a member of the North chapter of God’s Squad CMC had died in a motorcycle accident the night before.

Something of the eerie beauty of the snow and trees reminded me how small we are, and how brief our life on Earth is.

Dog, you lived well, a gentle warrior and true brother. Ride in Peace, we’ll see you again.


‘There ain’t nothin sadder than the tears of a clown’


Sad to hear of the passing of Robin Williams today. We lose another great actor and funny-man to a suspected suicide. Why is it that so many of the people who bring us joy battle with such inner darkness?

At school I was always the class clown, and not much has changed. For me to bring a little joy and laughter to others is so precious in a world where I’m so often surrounded by darkness. I remember at the passing of my brother-in-law Joe we joked that ‘he became his favourite thing – history’. He too had an often bleak sense of humour.

So I plead with you, show some love to the clowns in your life, they may be fighting inner battles you know nothing about.

Love and prayers for the Williams family and the countless others around the world suffering loss in these dark times.

Much peace

“There’s some sad things known to man, but there ain’t nothing sadder than the tears of a clown, when there’s no-one around” Smokey Robinson – ‘Tears of a Clown’