A Gift of Island Poetry ft Leon Berrouard

stop all talking and take a breath
our bearded brother has left the room
his gregarious energy gone too soon
breathe deeply and remember him
he rarely missed a community party
now tap your feet and quietly ponder
and keep all your instruments in tune
and move all chairs back to dance 
all you who cheered him at the door
hug one another in a sad celebration
of Leo’s hugs & smiles & conversation
stop all talking and take a deep breath

In memoriam, Leo Cheverie (October 21, 1962–September 7, 2023)

Leon Berrouard. Leon’s most recent poetry collection is Rolling the Stone: Imagine Sisyphus Happy (2023).

Each month Deirdre Kessler selects a poem by an Island poet for The Buzz.