The poet laureate of NRPC

The hands
cut the air
weaving words
painting images
telling stories.

The hands
that spoke the heart
to share truth
and touch emotion
have ceased to move.

Beloved by family,
friends, church, and God
the word weaver
image painter
now is silent.

Held still
and forever
in the love of God
he shares his poems
in eternity.

And we who mourn
remember and give thanks
that once we knew
the soundless
poet laureate of NRPC.

With thanks to God for the life and love and witness of Michael G. Barkoot, Jr.; and with prayers for all who loved him.

The Shire
20 March 2016

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