Wednesday, May 12, 2010

In memoriam

Word has reached me of the passing of minion Bevie James.

I can think of no better sendoff than his own words:


PirateSpeak Sermon 1


“Gar, I be in charge of this voyage now, and ye be bowing ye heads now as a token of respect for our good friend and matey who be taken now by the sawbones, until he return to reclaim his place amongst the noble and fine, such as you are.

“So what have ye then? What manner of swabs be ye that come to hear the words which will spare ye from the tempest to come? Be ye the salt of the sea, or not? For knowest ye not that should ye lose the salt, ye be no better than a scurvy wretch laying in the bilge. Ye shall be cast adrift into the sea.

“So take ye heed to the swells which the sea rages against all sailors, fair and foul alike. Have the courage to climb the mast, untie the sheets and let your sails billow in the wind. For ahead is the course and behind only water. For the Captain of All does cover our misdeeds as the sea covers its dead. He marks the course, but ye must navigate it at the wheel. Keep your hand steady that ye may steer a true course through the channel, else ye be washed up against the rocks and dashed asunder by the sea’s angry fury. For the sea is not concerned about neither rocks nor shore. The sea is forever, and we must abide it as best we can. When the tide be high we sail fine and true, but when the tide be low, the rocks threaten the hull, and the shoals to stay the voyage.

“There be no assurance save to trust in the Captain. So man the decks and heed the orders. Our course is set.

“And now, it be time to collect the treasure.”

--Bevie


Type "Bevie" into the blog search feature for a few more of Bevie's contributions. His earlier contributions can be found by searching "BBJD." Fairyhedgehog has more information.

18 comments:

ril said...

I was just in the archives today and read some of his contributions. Sad news.

Jen said...

May he rest in peace. He loved this blog and the regular people here, fiercely. To have you call him a minion would please him enormously.

Bernita said...

Most fitting.
Thank you, EE.

writtenwyrdd said...

He'll be missed.

_*rachel*_ said...

A fitting memorial indeed.

stacy said...

Yes, may he rest in peace. He was a very kind person.

Sarah Laurenson said...

Thank you, EE. A lovely post for a lovely man.

Phoenix said...

Ah, EE, that is perfect. He reached an attentive audience and touched many people's lives with his writing. That's the best memorial any writer can have.

Dave F. said...

My deepest sympathy.

bunnygirl said...

Such sad news. It sounds like it was quick and peaceful, though, which is as much as anyone can ask.

I don't post often any more, but I drop by every day to read. I'll miss Bevie.

Chris Eldin said...

Thank you, EE. Ditto Bernita.

Stephen Prosapio said...

Will be missed.

Robin S. said...

Bevie was a very nice person - it came shining through in his comments and just his all around presence. This is sad news.

Whirlochre said...

This is very sad news indeed.

fairyhedgehog said...

He will be much missed.

fairyhedgehog said...

You can also google BBJD for his earliest contributions.

stacy said...

Hi everyone. Bevie blogged at length about his health problems, which prevented him from working. This created, as you can imagine, a lot of financial hardship for his family. It can't be any easier now that he's gone.

It finally occurred to me to post a comment here letting you know we're taking donations on my blog to help out Bevie's family. I'll be taking the button down Friday to issue a money order to send to his wife, as it was agreed that this would be the most helpful to them. There's still time to donate if you would like.

pacatrue said...

Oh! Bevie, you will be missed. You are missed.