Hi Jack,

I'm not sure if you were aware, but as a result of complications of diabetes, I have had to have my left leg amputated below the knee. With a lot of time to kill until I can be ready for a new leg, I have been going through some things of my late wife.

As the saying goes when a Coastie has passed away, "He has crossed the Bar"

I found this poem and though perhaps you might like to add it to "Jack's Joint"

Jerry Wanek



CROSSING THE BAR

Alfred Lord Tennyson



Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me
And may there be no moaning of the bar!
When I put out to sea.

But such a tide as moving seems asleep
Too full of sound and foam
When that which drew from out of the
    boundless deep
Turns again home

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark

For though from our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

                         

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