Monday, December 19, 2011

Farewell from my dad

As many of you many know, my dad, Richard Edwin Jones (REJ) passed away, peacefully in his sleep, early last week. On his computer, we found a document labelled Farewell for you to read below:

Post Mortem

This poet is not pinin'!
'E's passed on!
This poet is no more!
He has ceased to be!
'E's expired and gone
to mock 'is maker!
'E's a stiff! Bereft of life,
'e rests in peace!
If you hadn't nailed 'im
to the page
'e'd be pushing up the daisies!
'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory!
'E's fallen off the twig!
'E's kicked the bucket,
'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil,
run down the curtain !!

Please feel free to comment as my mum will be delighted to know that you have read his last poem.

Best wishes

Sally Lloyd


  1. Anonymous7:00 AM

    Your Dad has the amazing ability to make me laugh and cry at the same time. While his poetry is read he will live on. See you all on Wednesday. Beryl

  2. Anonymous7:45 AM

    I always knew you were a frustrated python, Rej.

    So long, buddy. Will miss you.


  3. What can I say to do justice to Rej? He was a man of wisdom, great kindness and understanding.An internationalist to his fingertips, an activist and a poet ..... an inspiration.
    For months he came down to Birchgrove Junior School to help get out little chess club off the ground. A short time later one of my pupils was playing in a national tournament and others were competing and enjoying chess with fellow school junior chess players across South Wales. What an experience for them!
    Way back in October 1969 at the age of 19 I joined in my first ever political demonstration outside the St Helens Rugby ground in Swansea where the local team were to play the racist South African Springbox side. Little did I know that Rej , then aged 22, was one of the key organisers of the massive protest. It was mayhem both inside and outside the ground. I eventually got away thinking that all demonstrations were similar!
    Thank you Rej for everything!

  4. The People's Poet is deepest red...
    Wickedly funny as ever Rej. The toughest man I ever met - you never went down. I'm so proud of you and your family, especially over the last year. Thanks for sharing your amazing poetry with us all. Thanks for all the love and friendship and talking about things that matter.
    Thank you Kath for the most amazing love and care I've ever witnessed.

  5. Anonymous12:16 AM

    There's a time to smile and a time to yawn
    A time to weep, a time to mourn
    But also a time to take the time..
    To savour prose,
    with own whim to
    And even when we're mounds of dust
    Works will outlast
    And so they

    Kia ora Richard
    Jax Fellow poet & peace advocate (NZ)

  6. Peter Bevan11:31 AM

    Sadly, the world has lost a man of great thought and wisdom. Rej will always be remembered by me as someone who who was always willing to further the cause of justice. This applied also to his views during chess disputes. I always felt that Rej quickly got to the root cause of the problem and was always quick to offer useful advice as to how to resolve tricky issues. Rest in peace Rej. You will be sorely missed by everyone.

  7. Gregor Shanks4:08 AM

    I was first shown this website by my good friend Simon Eilbeck, Rej's proud nephew, and have visited it many times since, finding the work extremely touching, funny, insightful, helpful. A beautifully irreverent farewell, I'm grateful to have discovered such inspiring words. - Gregor

  8. my favorite python bit and a wonderfully funny and telling poem, Rej, rest peacefully.

  9. As I read this I could feel smiles coming to the fore better to leave smiles to mix with the grief. Love x x