In Pics and Words remembers John Denver on the anniversary of his untimely death.
On the morning of October 12, 1997 I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things. There was a woman at the newsstand crying over the morning paper. 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.
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.