(from an email from julie 4/20/06)

Here's the poem that John Barrett picked out for Bruce...


I live my life in growing orbits

which move out over the things of the world.

perhaps I can never achieve the last,

but that will be my attempt.

I am circling around God, around the ancient tower,

and I have been circling for a thousand years,

and I still don't know if I am a falcon, or a storm,

or a great song.

Rainer Maria Rilke
(translated by Robert Bly)