Farewell to Jesse

I mourn your departure but I should not.

A messenger of peace sent from Heaven

A good person and a man of duty

Also a powerful intellectual

With your savvy, style, tact and elegance

You came, you served, you enriched all of us!

Ubiquitous and multitudinous

You have your home in the minds and memories

Of countless students, fellow diplomats

Ordinary people and Presidents.

Grateful compatriots cannot forget

Pages of our history you helped to write.

Some miss the friend, the dad, the companion…

But all will miss a true Human Being.

Floréal, 20 July 2016

* Published in print edition on 22 July 2016

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