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Mattie Stepanek
Posted by: StephenFryer (---.l2.c1.dsl.pol.co.uk)
Date: August 02, 2004 02:13PM

I intend to use some of his poems, reading to kids this year for National Poetry Day.
But, I hadn't realised he has died; and I just want to stop for a minute, and pay a tribute to him.
I cannot imagine a life like his, like his family's. Only, I know that his life, and his poetry, have touched me deeply.
My grandson died this year, two days old. My friend died last week, at seventy-four. I don't pretend to understand death, or suffering. I am just glad of life.
Thank you, Mattie.
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Stephen


Re: Mattie Stepanek
Posted by: JustJack (12.46.184.---)
Date: August 02, 2004 02:59PM

Stephen-

Sorry about both of your losses.
I read some of Mattie's poems. I was skeptical. "No 10 yr. old kid wrote THIS". I was sure he had some poet wannabe ghost-writing his stuff.
Then I heard an interview with him. Now I get it. He was eleven going on fifty. "Old souled".

Maybe you could post some of his stuff? Or is copyright a problem?


Jack


Stephen
Posted by: ilza (---.162.245.85.user.ajato.com.br)
Date: August 02, 2004 06:57PM

I am sorry to hear about your grandson,
I never know what to say to confort someone
- I keep posting Dirge without music, for it says all I feel


Re: Mattie Stepanek
Posted by: J.H.SUMMERS (---.chartertn.net)
Date: August 02, 2004 08:03PM

What impressed me the most was his to spirit to live and to sample all that life had to offer. And he did this in the face of a devastating disease. Who knew that courage and heart came in such a small package.

john


Re: Mattie Stepanek
Posted by: lg (---.trlck.ca.charter.com)
Date: August 02, 2004 10:49PM

A very moving story, Stephen. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Les


Re: Mattie Stepanek
Posted by: Gwydion (209.53.139.---)
Date: August 03, 2004 11:56AM



The world will not be the same without Mattie in it...he was angel on earth and his poetry will live on forever...I actually own 3 of the 5 or 6 books he's written, he is the embodiment of living, laughing and loving.

I don't cry that Mattie died, he is out of pain. I cry for his mom.

Stephen, I am sorry to hear about the losses in your life, you are in my thoughts.


It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)


Re: Mattie Stepanek
Posted by: Jean-Paul (---.nt.net)
Date: August 12, 2004 12:18PM

When I started reading this thread, I was a sad one, but the link you gave us to read some of Mattie's poems extended this thread into a more happy place. I never heard of Mattie before and I am awestruck by how positive he was, despite his grievous condition. Thank you, Stephen, for showing me this.

Jean-Paul

PS- I read some of his poem's just now. I really enjoyed "Kindergarden-itis", "Vultures Play" and "Porcelain Haiku"

"I "Love Summer more than I hate Winter"




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