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Paul Squires: Some things are not ghosts

November 19, 2010

some things are not ghosts,

by Paul Squires aka GingaTao
June 25, 2008 at 6:42 pm

so openminded had he become
that he had drifted off
and did not notice the curtains float open
nor sense her approach

Those are the first four lines…I remember the moment I first read all of this poem by Paul Squires. It took my breath away. At the time, Paul was making t-shirts of his poems and ideas at Cafe Press and he made one up for me but I never got around to ordering it.

Usually, I would check his blog first thing in the morning to read what he’d written after work in Brisbane. That was his usual pattern, work, come home, write, post about 7pm Brisbane time–which would usually be past my bedtime in the US!

Today, November 19, would have been Paul Squires 47th birthday. Interestingly, there are three men in my adult life who have had a huge impact on my life as an artist and all three were born on this day.

Paul Squires passed away July 28, 2010 but his poetry lives on at his blog GingaTao or in The Orchid Room, an interactive online salon he started and which continues today. You can order his book, The Puzzle Box. You can even wear one of his poems.

Today, I’m going to try to get around to a few things I’ve been meaning to do but put off. I’m going to open a special bottle of AUS Zinfandel for Global #Zinfandel Day. I’m going to order that shirt. I’m going to write. I’m going to work on getting my book out there, my poetry collection that’s dedicated in part to Paul.  I miss you, McPaulus, and I still can’t believe you are really gone.

Have a lovely day full of fantabulous surprises where ever you may be.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2010 12:19 am

    haikuschmaiku – hahahaha – I’d get emails from him saying how bored he was at work – hohum – lovely post Gwendolyn.

  2. December 1, 2010 1:17 am

    haha…yes exactly!

    I was usually up late so we’d exchange emails when he was bored at work too…


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