Our long-standing friend Marilyn Cuffy wrote this poem to read out at Naseeb’s funeral. It meant a lot then, and still means a lot now. Thanks to Marilyn for letting us reprint this here.
Naseeb – My Wonder Boy, by Marilyn Cuffy
My screams you will not hear,
nor my pounding fists.
My warm embrace you will not feel,
nor the burning tears trickling
down my face,
forming a pool,
caressing you in its waters
as water protects in a mother’s womb.
My breath momentarily you took away
leaving me in wonder
for you are gone, gone , gone.
You remain my gentle boy,
the baby I cradled in my arms
years back with Amelia and Robert.
Your presence nearly always with us,
the birthday joys together,
family outings and gathering
in our homes.
You are there in our backyard,
hanging out clothes on the line.
Fun loving, enriching, learning,
sharing your knowledge of cars –
I now know about a spoiler.
Our love and interest in nature
and far away countries
and great wonders of the world.
You telling me about the Galapagos Islands
and the Great Barrier Reef.
We searching for fossils and sharks teeth.
Playing music – Bob Marley “No woman, no cry”
But I cry for you my dear boy.
As a teenager, we cramped your style.
You sometimes left us high and dry.
Yet whenever I met you,
you had a smile.
Bubbly and eager for knowledge,
on waking up you first reach out for a book.
Your name –
kNowledge – vast
Adventures – many
Son smiling – light
Engaging – richly
Energetic – contagious
Brother – for Amelia and brethren to us.
NASEEB – Gone, so unexpectedly you left us,
So many memories to share