Monday, September 08, 2003

...thinkin' about the man

Warren Zevon passed away in his sleep yesterday after being diagnosed last year with terminal lung cancer.

The saddest and most beautiful thing I have ever read about death is from By The Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder, after Laura's bulldog Jack dies:

"Don't cry, Laura," Pa said. "He has gone to the Happy Hunting Grounds."

"Truly, Pa?" Laura managed to ask.

"Good dogs have their reward, Laura," Pa told her.

Perhaps, in the Happy Hunting Grounds, Jack was running gaily in the wind over some high prairie, as he used to run over the beautiful wild prairies of Indian Territory. Perhaps at last he was catching a jack rabbit. He had tried so often to catch one of those long-eared, long-legged rabbits and never could.