One last goodbye (In memory of Ismail Hashim)

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Cecil Rajendra crafts a moving tribute to a consummate artist.

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A life filled with friends and laughter and ART – Photo credit: ismailhashimfilm.weebly.com

(i) His forte: Black & White.
But unlike his photographs
his life was a Kaleido-
scope of Moment & Colour.

Filled with family clan
friends, music, literature
politics, wine & laughter . . .
He would often carp
about not having time
enough for his “mistress”– ART!

Yet, he has left enough
images & memories
to fill a National Gallery.
_________//________

(ii) Too soon, too soon
his leaf from the Tree
of Life, in Heaven, fell . . .
& Izerail, Angel of Souls,
descended to tell
Ismail, it was time to go . . .

She was so cruel, Izerail;
she gave him no time
to hug, embrace his daughter;
bid us, his friends, farewell
or, set his studio in order.
_________//_________

(iii) The morning after his departure
a shroud of smoke
floated in from the South
to blanket the sun, choke
our lungs, sting eyes to tear . . .

It was as if, dear Ismail,
the whole world had gone into mourning.

Cecil Rajendra (22 June 2013)

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