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Tribute to Author and Poet Georg Edvard Mateos
by Aberjhani   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2011

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Remembering an inspired and inspiring creative talent.

 There are many poets who write excellent poems. And then there are a few whose dedication to craftsmanship and the luminous spirit of their art cause them, eventually, to evolve into a living extension of the poems they create. For me, George Edvard Mateos was the latter kind of poet, and like in the online literary community I was surprised last week to learn of his passing a year ago.

To read a poem by Georg was to step magic-like inside a grassy clearing of winged music, candle-lit revelation, and waltzing syllables. I never met him in flesh-and-blood person but met him often, if you will, between lines of his work and gladly celebrated the light discovered there. His literary voice was one forged of cosmopolitan poetic sensibilities and a natural flare for expressiveness that was both classic in tone and highly original in substance. I had no problems imagining that even his sneezes might come tumbling out in shining iambic pentameters.  

 

In The Poet Theophrastus Would Question To Learnthe great Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU’s masterful tribute poem to Georg, Bendavi ben-YEHU provided this portrait of the late poet:

Enduring life with wisdom and science — real knowledge flows;
Devotion to his Muses never fails to warm his heart...
Valiant soldier — in three wars kept spirit — and body whole...
An IMAGE OF A SAD MAN IN A BROKEN MIRROR, part
Revealing pains and art; and part on children whose lives glow
Diffusing innocence — sublime time — that beauty imparts!

            --© Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU


These lines, and the longer poem from which they are borrowed, say a great about the path of adventure, exploration, and survival that Georg traveled from childhood to maturity. He put it this way: “
A child that lost his world of promised smiles in a home which never was sweet, and going on thirty by the age of twelve.” He may have been cheated of the childhood that started out in Sausalito, California, but by the time he reached maturity in Japan and Switzerland he had richly rewarded with gifts of quiet genius: as a poet, a novelist, an artist, a man.

“Salvador Dalì could have painted my life,” he wrote. Who would be inclined to doubt him?

 

I had the privilege in 2008 of nominating Georg Edvard Mateos for literary recognition that I felt––and feel–– was well deserved. Once he learned about it, he wrote me to share a poem he’d originally written for a friend of some forty years named Yutaka Kobayashi, a poem about the value of friendship in his life. The humility of soul and surety of language his message employed made me not only want to kick it up a notch or two where my writing was concerned. It made me want to do the same where my humanity is concerned. I will leave you now with the words he shared with me:

Dear Aberjhani-- 
I have done so little that I don't deserve so much, but I am grateful and honored that my name came to the thoughts of the people that matter most, the poets, the writers, the authors, the thinkers, and to you and all of them I will say


TOMODACHI ACAZU 

“Tomodachi acazu” means in Japan 
“a friend with untiring zeal,” 
the one which will be always there, 
in times of sorrow to dry your tears, 
and silently walk as over a tatami mat 
with sadness you rest your head… 

The one that in times of joy will collect 
the smiles happily leaving your face, 
so you wouldn’t forget them tomorrow 
knitting smiles into an amazing maze, 
like a golden spider made of laughter 
trapping flying jokes in your garden… 

A Shogun counts on the undying loyalty 
of the Samurai’s katana deadly blade, 
to protect his house and his well being 
wherever he chooses his heart to place, 
but only a simple man with no power 
can call another man, his true friend… 

Lotus flowers gentle teetered by kamikaze 
divine-wind taking warmth from your heart, 
carrying the perfume of all your thoughts 
to rest like a balsam on the tired hands 
of the spirit that resides in your tomodachi, 
that your friendship he wears, deep inside… 

The one that will not abandon by leaving 
without a word, like a raven by the night, 
invisible, a false and malignant intruder 
invading like deadly smoke your house; 
with his untiring zeal for you, his friend, 
he wouldn’t ever desert from his guard… 

A happy man, there is no one more happy, 
than the one having at his side a tomodachi. 

Tomodachi = Friend 
Acazu = with untiring zeal 

A man that have many friends will be an oasis in a barren world that don't want him. 
With my deepest thanks,
 

Georg Edvard Mateos

Web Site: Bright Skylark Literary Productions


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Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Our Georg is gone. Husband. Father. Hero. Poet. Friend. :( A powerful elogy you honor him with. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wonderful tribute to a special man whom I was proud to call "friend"; he will be missed for a very long time to come. What a huge loss to the writing world, particularly here at AD! Well done, Aberjhani!

((((HUGS)))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by David Hightower
Aberjhani - Beautiful tribute to a beautiful spirit and a true friend.
I've tried to find out what happened to Georg, but no one seemed to know. His passing is a loss to us all. - David
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
such a beautiful and deserving tribute to a friend and fellow author!
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