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General News · 1st October 2019
Dancing Wolf (Victor)

One part Buddha, another Cheshire Cat
still another my loving Friend
Charles would share where he was at
and also to your caring tend

I loved him for his goodwill and openness
and for his smile lighting up the room
Sometimes I wish I had spoken less
still I was witness to a man in bloom

Itís said we shape ourselves with thought
I dare say our feelings can also mold
We may have left the Co-op having bought
but what Charles served us with can not be sold

I knew him best through the store
even though he had been to my home
His hugs more than the ocean to shore
more than the pen to poem

Yes he struggled on this Earth
yet I recall the size of his chest
His huge heart always giving birth
to love that blessed beyond itís nest

As I cry memories gather
like the Angels do for our Dead
not in linear fashion, rather
some place far beyond my head

Love transcends everything
this is not just some new age chatter
Death demands that we bring
ourselves to Life and make it matter

Charles didnít wear his heart on his sleeve
he held it in his giving hand
So as I begin to grieve
I also begin to understand

Why his embrace was so tender
and why our love was so strong
It takes a precious reality to render
a friendship beyond right or wrong

As the sage smoke rises above the shell
other worldly in the long wickís light
My Soul reminds me and oh so well
that his Spirit is rising in his Ancestorís sight

He will be welcomed in ways unknown
while poets ponder and artists guess
yet Great Mystery has forever shown
that Love always Loves and Blessings always Bless

So I sit quietly in Ceremony and how
my waning candle is so calming and kind
and in the ageless presence of the Here and Now
Charles Crossland's love is indelibly defined

In Precious Memory

Dancing Wolf
October 1, 2019

His friends here on Cortes are gathering around a Fire for Charles at Smelt Bay, Wednesday Oct 2 at 6:00 p.m. Please bring candles, flowers and/or Prayers.
A lovely gathering.
Comment by Samantha Statton on 3rd October 2019
A Beautiful gathering, for a Lovely Sweet man. Gone from our midst way too soon. I miss you Charles. My world was brighter for having known you. Thank you! Dancing Wolf for that Beautiful poem.
Love Samantha
heard you speak this poem at the fire
Comment by Kate Maddigan on 2nd October 2019
Thank you for reciting this poem at the Smelt Bay fire this evening Victor; it does speak of Charles so well. There were many other endearments for Charles, and the only one I would add was my admiration for his courage of conviction. He spoke out for people he felt were treated unjustly, sometimes very publicly. He was brave and I'll miss him.
Thank you
Comment by Melissa Rickey on 2nd October 2019
Thank you Dancing Wolf for the beautiful poetry to help us with our grief
A beautiful poem for beautiful man
Comment by Lucretia Schanfarber on 2nd October 2019
Thank you for this lovely & loving tribute to a sweet, sweet soul.
Comment by Jenny Wilson on 2nd October 2019
Thank you for your beautiful poem Dancing Wolf. It captures so much of what he was and the process of unfolding grief.
Holding his heart
Comment by Jennifer Stevens on 2nd October 2019
Thank you Victor. I love these words as they convey deepest heartfelt feelings for a man too soon gone. I miss him so.
There in spirit
Comment by Blanca on 2nd October 2019
I am in Vancouver and will deeply miss being there at the fire. I would be forever grateful if someone would light a candle for me.