Lightning Rod (news)

Honoring Clay January (Lightning Rod) RIP 2/6/2013
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Post by Doreen Peri » January 15th, 2013, 2:27 pm

Clay's sister messaged me and several of his friends this morning to let us know that last week he had a spontaneous break in his leg and was diagnosed with bone cancer.

He's been in a tremendous amount of pain despite the pain medications, she said, and is not expected to survive but another couple of days.

I write this news to you with a heavy heart.

I wanted to let you all know since many of you have been so supportive of Clay's work through the years and also caring friends. I know you have meant a great deal to him! Thank you for being his friend.

-Doreen

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Re: Lightning Rod

Post by zero_hero » January 15th, 2013, 2:49 pm

"my brother and I watched a friend of ours die as we tried not to look too uptight"

I always know where to find clay, yes I am sad but I still have him here on studio eight. Clay will always be the chief cook and bottle washer for me here on Studio Eight. He will still be my mentor for style.

That makes the news easier for me to bear...

a song my brother wrote about the death of one of our friends

Up Is My Natural State of Mind

Sorry Doreen, take care
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Post by short timer » January 15th, 2013, 4:01 pm

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Re: Lightning Rod

Post by still.trucking » January 15th, 2013, 4:37 pm

Maybe the worst news for me is that I got nothing for him except to remain a fan of his work, a cyber pal of the poet's eye

Pips, I did not want any more Clay, but I honor your work, so I guess I got to go back and see if I can pick that thread up again.

Here I am stuck in San Antone and I can't bring you anything you might need. Gives me the blues.

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Re: Lightning Rod (news)

Post by Steve Plonk » January 15th, 2013, 6:56 pm

Doreen, & Lightning Rod's sister,
I am really sorry to hear that Lightning Rod is on death's door. Around here, when he's
passed, it will seem like a death in the family. :( ...

L-Rod, you are such a vibrant soul, & your works
& music will live on in our memories...

I'll still remember you from way back in 2004, when I first posted on the Litkicks site. 8)

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Post by Artguy » January 15th, 2013, 7:10 pm

I am so sorry..his writing lives on here with us all...

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Post by Steve Plonk » January 15th, 2013, 7:24 pm

Here's a quote I'd like to share for all those who know Lightning Rod:
From THE PROPHET, p. 61, by Kahlil Gibran’
Excerpt from “…Speak of Talking”:

“When you meet your friend on the road-
side or in the market place, let the spirit in
you move your lips and direct your tongue.
Let the voice within your voice speak to
The ear of his ear;
For his soul will keep the truth of your
heart as the taste of the wine is remembered
When the colour is forgotten and the
vessel is no more.”

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Post by Doreen Peri » January 15th, 2013, 10:24 pm

Clay's friend Kelly is there visiting him right now. He called me a few minutes ago to put the phone up to Clay's ear.

I told Clay I loved him and how special he was to me in my life and how i'd always love him. He tried to speak using the electronic device. I heard him try to speak.

Kelly said his eyes lit up when he heard my voice. That's special to me.

I also spoke with his sister. She said he knows it's his time to go and he's ready and wants to go soon. He wants to be out of pain.

Thank you all for your comments and for being his friend.

xoxoxo

I can't stop crying. I wish i was there.. I AM there ... but I'm not.. But I am.

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Re: Lightning Rod (news)

Post by SadLuckDame » January 15th, 2013, 11:49 pm

:( I hope there are angels in his house.

Thank you for all of your words, Clay. This is sad news tonight.
`Do you know, I was so angry, Kitty,' Alice went on...`when I saw all the mischief you had been doing, I was very nearly opening the window, and putting you out into the snow! And you'd have deserved it, you
little mischievous darling!
~Lewis Carroll

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Re: Lightning Rod (news)

Post by Arcadia » January 15th, 2013, 11:56 pm

so sad news ... :(

I´ll light a candle for him and for all of us (personally I´m still rebellious with the death fact in general and specially concerning with loved ones - & specially cancer related ends-, surely I still have issues with life myself, I know ... :? )

She said he knows it's his time to go and he's ready and wants to go soon. He wants to be out of pain.... that´s good..., may you have a good travel, l-rod. Gracias for being a friend, sharp poet...!!!!!!

a big hug to you, doreen, well said...!

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Re: Lightning Rod (news)

Post by justwalt » January 16th, 2013, 12:32 am

A Noiseless Patient Spider
Walt Whitman

A noiseless, patient spider,
I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated;
Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding,
It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself;
Ever unreeling them—ever tirelessly speeding them.

And you, O my Soul, where you stand,
Surrounded, surrounded, in measureless oceans of space,
Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing,—seeking the spheres, to connect them;
Till the bridge you will need, be form’d—till the ductile anchor hold;
Till the gossamer thread you fling, catch somewhere, O my Soul.

I pray you don't, but if ya do, please save a seat for me


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Post by Diana Moon Glampers » January 16th, 2013, 3:09 am

I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.


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we are still on this side of the arrow of time
I treasure this time
till next time we meet

hurry hurry for the Janna Express
the best guess is it never really ends

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Re: Lightning Rod (news)

Post by e_dog » January 18th, 2013, 8:41 pm

Any word on the situation?

L-rod we love ya.

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Re: Lightning Rod (news)

Post by judih » January 19th, 2013, 2:20 am

holding breath
breathing slowly
sending wishes for an ease off this plane

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Re: Lightning Rod (news)

Post by Doreen Peri » January 19th, 2013, 5:26 pm

No news yet other than being told by 3 people who visited him (one being Troll who saw him yesterday) that it's best if I don't go there to see him suffering. He's lingering... in pain... often unresponsive... not much left now... he's in process of moving on. :(

Celebrate his life, his music, his poetry, his essays, his spirit, his humor, and all he gave to so many!

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