A quatrain? Is that / the end I envision? *

My friend and classmate Morgan Cowles died yesterday, in an avalanche near Yosemite.


He was a lovely man, perhaps the definition of easy-going, but committed and kind and fun-loving. I always remember him smiling. I am glad he passed away doing something a little wild, something he loved; would that we all could live life so well.

* William Carlos Williams, “The sound of waves”

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7 Responses to A quatrain? Is that / the end I envision? *

  1. susansbeeswax says:

    I’m afraid I’m posting exactly what I just put in ‘s lj… I’m sorry for your loss. That’s sad news.

  2. randomdreams says:

    I’m sorry to hear that, but like you, I’m always glad when someone died doing something fun, rather than in a car crash or of a heart attack in the bathroom.

  3. netsirk says:

    Thanks again for sending the news as soon as you heard it, P. It’s so sad.

  4. kenllama says:

    I’m sorry to hear that, Phoebe. I hope it was quick, and more exhilarating than terrifying!

  5. anonymous says:

    He really did brighten up the room when he entered, didn’t he? Fresh off of his bike, sloughing off the messenger bag, clonking the helmet down on the table, and looking around with that wide smile and sparkling eyes…

    Oh, and the fond and absurd memory of getting him so drunk on Long Island ice teas at Kai’s that we had to put him and his bike in a cab to get home; he was laughing just as much as we were.

    I, too, take a bit of solace in knowing that he was was out in nature and living life to its fullest.


  6. anonymous says:

    He’s left a hole in my heart that will never be filled.
    Stacy, UWischool, class of 2005

  7. anonymous says:

    Morgan was a great colleague and a good friend, and a wonderful human. His presence brightened my days. I am truly grateful that I knew and worked with him. I miss him very much.

    Deborah, Map & Imagery Laboratory, UC Santa Barbara

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