John Denver — In Memory

In Pics and Words remembers John Denver on the anniversary of his untimely death. Video first posted on our YouTube channel.

October 12, 1997 … the headline read:

JOHN DENVER’S PLANE CRASHES IN OCEAN

Denver loved to fly, and was actively involved in NASA’s “Citizen in Space” program.

In 1985, Denver passed NASA’s rigorous physical exam and was in line for a space flight, a finalist for the first citizen’s trip on the Space Shuttle in 1986, but he was not chosen. After the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster with teacher Christa McAuliffe aboard, Denver dedicated his song “Flying for Me” to all astronauts, and he continued to support NASA. [Wikipedia]

I was a fan of John Denver, and still enjoy listening to his music. I wrote a poem that was published as a memorial to his life.

Golden Boy

His songs are like the whisper
of a gentle breeze
and the laughter of a playful child.

Music that speaks to our inner soul
and warms our heart
like the sunshine from above.

“Sweet surrender,” said he,
“If life is worth living,
I don’t need to see the end.”

The “golden boy” has died.

From mountain high
to country road …

The laughing child cried.

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  1. Hi, David! Yes, I remember. His voice was uncommonly clear and his talent a gift. So sad about his life!

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    1. Maria, as he got older his voice became even clearer. He credited Placido Domingo. When they recorded the duet, Perhaps Love, Domingo taught him how to breathe.

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