Slice of Life Challenge day 21 #sol17

Today’s poem: “Quiet Celebration”


Quiet Celebration

Musical genius

Accomplished beyond measure

Hands of magnificence

His instrument sang

Its velvet tones

Arco, legato

The bass


Troubled soul

Touched by brilliance

The music was

His language

A place of peace

Resonant, doleful

My brother


Taken too soon


Special day

No balloons or fanfare

I quietly celebrate

My little brother’s



In loving memory of Sean Kelly Ball,

March 20, 1970 – February 28, 1997


Author: Lanny Ball

For more than 29 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy specialist, working and living in the great state of Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a former co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting writing teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

11 thoughts on “Slice of Life Challenge day 21 #sol17”

  1. This is a magnificent tribute to your beloved little brother. There is no date or formal way to “celebrate” a loved ones loss, but I know it helps me to do a random act of kindness. My loved little brother passed away in his early 40s and I acknowledge his passing by paying for a coffee for a random person behind me in line. My brother adored his DD and I think he smiles every year. I know I sometimes tear up though. Wishing you comfort and fond memories of your brother.

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