” If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life. For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one.”- from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
I do not know for sure what waits for you on the other side
but this I know my friend, you have many souls for guides,
for unconditional love gave you warrior wings to soar
high among the moon and stars to unknown distant shores.
Each time we remember you and your gentle grace,
as we raise our glistening eyes up to heaven’s gate,
we’ll feel your love forever in the warm sun’s embrace
knowing you will be there waiting, saving us a place.
©2021 Linda Lee Lyberg
Author’s Note: Yesterday, a small group of us had an urn sealing ceremony and said good-bye to our amazing friend. The poem above was my contribution. Afterwards, we all went to a family owned Italian restaurant and had dinner paid for by Dave. These were his wishes — no flowers, no fancy memorial, only good friends enjoying a meal, and missing his physical presence at the table. But he was there in every remembrance, every Dave story, and every tear shed with hearty laughter. He lived his life with bravery and wit. We will miss his beautiful smile — until we meet again Dave. We love you.
Per David’s wishes: The David R. Landau Hospitality Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the purpose of granting scholarships every year to one or more students in the Hospitality Program at Grand Canyon University (GCU). As a founding faculty member of the Hospitality program at GCU, David Landau made it his mission to help students pursue their higher education goals. David wanted to continue his work even after his passing.