Homage to a Beautiful Friend

I wrote this piece a year ago. My dear friend Ricardo Accorsi had just been diagnosed with ALS, and he and lovely Linda Parker had begun planning an extraordinary gathering and recording session for July 2014. They called the event—and their compelling song—A Perfect World.

FOR YOU, FOR ALWAYS

for Ricardo Accorsi

Ricardo Accorsi, by John Livzey

My life changed last night,
altered for always
by what you’re sharing now, in these hours,
with so many like me
who want you laughing
and living your sailor’s dream, the one
we’ve all tasted,
like sweet
contraband,
through
you.

What to think and feel
of the news you’re bringing,
and how you’re bringing it,
with such sleight of hand, focus,
and grace,
as you proclaim a celebration
of family, friendship,
and music.
Yes. We’ll create a way through tonight
and tomorrow,
for you, for all of us,
for someday.
For always.

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