Mike Cochrane, SPO bass, was one of the musicians who gathered this past Sunday at All Saints Church on Saltspring to remember our friend and fellow musician, Jean Knight, and he sent us a few words about the memorial.
THIS IS JEAN
A pale sunlit afternoon, the welcoming vestibule of All Saints-by-the-Sea.
This coolly pleasant January.
This is Jean’s church.
There in the sanctuary a smile: compelling, magnetic, irresistible.
Her beauty, alluring, delicate.
This is Jean not so long ago.
And there is another photo:
Jean’s smile ever more invincible… ever more gracious.
This is Jean now.
Jean the den mother. Nurturing her “kits”.
Those seconds Norman met.
This is Vancouver Jean.
The Elgar Serenade; profound
Inevitability of life’s passage.
There is Jean playing second.
And Mozart, carefree, cheerful, cheeky; Jean all over.
I believe she’s dancing, sharing joy, as we play.
This is the Jean we know.
In my tiny cramped place as I play, a daisy is misplaced
From the vase behind my Bass. Detached from its stem
It rests like a delicate white posy at my feet.
The Service concludes – retrieving my fragile posy I place
Her back in her family’s vase, Jean smiling from her portrait.
This is Jean.