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