Thursday, March 13, 2014

Joe Hyam 20/09/1933 - 10/03/2013

Handbook for Explorers 19

And yet, you must keep saying "and yet",
To preserve your mind from loss of balance
And keep on thinking that there's still a chance
To find a route which you can safely bet
Will lead into an unlikely country
Where people have learnt the art of kindness,
With no rules of play and no blind duress,
No referee to insist how you must be.
But if they tell such stories to keep up hope;
And if you choose to sing as you trudge on,
Valiant hymns of love and salvation,
You'll feel better; and feeling better, stop
To reflect that no end is more worthwhile
Than, when it comes, you can't holdback a smile.

Joe Hyam


Lucy said...

Dear Ken, I'm so sorry. I don't even have an e-mail address for you or anyone in the family. I'm just so sorry. Sending love and thoughts.

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Roderick Robinson said...

A picture and a poem; I could have done that and I'm glad you did. I fear my post is as much about me as it is about him but I needed to emphasise his enormously beneficial influence over me. Mine was an expression of the moment, yours will endure. Thanks, Ken

Lucy said...

And that is a very good choice.

tristan said...

ken, i've been very slow ... can you tell me the date and time and place of joe's funeral, please ?

Mark said...

Hi, please can you let me know who I should contact to ask for permission to reproduce Joe's beautiful words? Many thanks, Mark