Tribute to James G Brennan

Goodbye James!

Viraji Ogodapola
Paper Poetry
Published in
2 min readOct 9, 2023


Goodbye James! Handwritten Haiku by author.

Drifted, parted — gone
Riding your own wave in awe
So you did, dear James!

Your paradise¹ of
Sun, sea, sand, coconut trees,

Tonight we gather
In honour of your candour
for that one last bow

Remembered fondly
You will be, gallant comrade
Always, friend, always!

© October, 2023.

Dedicated to the many delightful moments shared and dearly cherished memories of

within this writers’ community.

  • I have no doubts that you lived in your notion of paradise¹ — I know that your soul was at peace always, for such benevolence as what you held can only spring from within. And, you already did your own R.I.P Karma². I shall, therefore, spare the vain.
  • There’s only one way to let you know that you will be remembered fondly — and that is with your signature parting — always, my friend, always!
  • Although we called for words of tribute over at Scrittura alongside announcing of his passing away, as I was penning this handwritten tribute in Haiku, I realized that this belongs to Paper Poetry — which was a dearer home to James. Over to you, therefore, , and .
  • 1 — Eudaimonia Paradise:
  • 2 — R.I.P Karma:

Going to sleep with the sound of the waves rocking us into slumber, well me anyway, waking to the sound of the sea, crashing into the restaurant on a stormy day driven by a thunderstorm; perfect.

  • As fate would’ve had it, the very last time James spoke to me was through a verse I wrote about dying!
  • Off we go my friend, for ever and ever:



Viraji Ogodapola
Paper Poetry

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