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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Goodbye Spanish Fly





The ocean waters weep
with longing.
The wind whispers his name,
" goodbye Spanish Fly."
We read news reports in disbelief,
sadness fills us.
His plane caught in the crosswind,
his plane fell down from the sky,
and his spirit rose to heaven.
His humble beginnings,
as a Florida Keys fishing guide,
charming with infectious joy,
made the world fall in love with him.
He built memories and dreams,
living to the fullest,
from fun in the Bayou
to Sailfish fishing in Mexico.
Adventures to love,
adventure to treasure.
Goodbye Spanish Fly,
we will remember the stars in your eyes,
and the love in your heart.
Goodbye Spanish Fly,
you will be missed,
you will be forever loved.



Jose Wejebe was an angler that hosted, " Spanish Fly " a saltwater fishing show. My husband and I have been watching him since he started his career. My husband felt a kinship with him because he was true with his love of fishing. We were shocked and saddened to hear his plane crashed on Friday. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and to all the people that loved him. He was one of a kind and we will always remember him. Come and meet us at http://dversepoets.com/ where we share our thoughts and our hearts.

141 comments:

  1. What a shame! This is a lovely tribute to him, Ayala.

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  2. the wind whispering goodbye spanish fly is the heartbeat of this special tribute. a man of the air and water with stars in his eyes...

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  3. sounds he was an awesome man...and you wrote a beautiful heartfelt tribute for him ayala..we need more people like him who have that kind of infectious joy that make people fall in love with them and with what they do

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    1. Thank you, Claudia. Such a great loss.

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  4. Very nice tribute Ayala ~ Thanks for sharing this ~

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  5. oh i am so sorry to hear...how tragic for his family and for his viewers...huumbling a bit as any time could be ours...

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  6. Sos sad, but a lovely tribute. We felt a bit like that after the Crocodile Hunter died.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. I know..that was tragic as well.

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  7. I've never heard of this man but, what a sad loss.
    A lovely tribute to someone whom you both admired.

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  8. How tragic. What a lovely tribute here. I just love the falling/rising contrast.

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  9. You wrote a lovely tribute for him Ayala.

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  10. What a fine memorial, so artfully done. Very nice.

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  11. On a happier note, that dog sure seems to be living a charmed life....great pic!

    Your tribute to the "spanish fly" is touching. Also seems fitting for it to convey sadness, but also a hint of joy having witnessed this man live a full life. Enjoyed the rhyming and the flow of this piece, and really felt your appreciation for this man's presence in your life.

    r.m. @ newviewfromhere.wordpress.com

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  12. A beautiful memorial for him...my heart and prayers go out to his family.

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  13. so sad... you gave me chills... really lovely tribute.

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  14. What lovely words you used to describe this man. I am sorry for your loss.

    (Thank you for your words of condolence on my blog.)

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    1. Thank you, Myrna. So sad for your loss.

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  15. Such a loss - and such a lovely tribute.

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  16. Ahh..this is a lovely tribute to him, Ayala...lovely words. Btw ..Happy birthday to Daisy... :) x

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  17. lovely words & a great tribute to him!

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  18. How sad to hear, Ayala. My heart goes out to those he left behind. You've captured his spirit here with your words, I agree it is a wonderful tribute.

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  19. How sad to hear, Ayala. My heart goes out to those he left behind. You've captured his spirit here with your words, I agree it is a wonderful tribute.

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  20. A great tribute to him, Ayala. May he RIP.

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  21. This is a lovely tribute, Ayala.

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  22. What a beautiful tribute, Ayala! I'm so glad you shared this.

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    1. Thank you, Cindee. I felt so sad, I started writing.

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  23. Sometimes as we have found here, perfect strangers become our family of the heart. I feel that kinship with you who are ever faithful to read my poems and comment, and in this tribute that same fidelity to a television personality who shared your husband's love and interest. Well penned.

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    1. So true. We have such a community here..I have formed friendships here and we can feel a kinship and it's just so sad. I like the way you put it "our family of the heart".

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  24. This is a beautiful tribute! Thank you for sharing this with us--

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  25. Great tribute, never know what another person can do in ones life even if on tv.

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  26. Oh, I'm sorry, I see Gay's point. What a loss.

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  27. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. Well done!

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  28. ..i feel your heart in this short elegy... and for sure he'll truly soar and remain alive in the minds and hearts of those people who believed and adored him... a wonderful tribute!

    Take care!

    ~Kelvin

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    1. Thank you, Kelvin.
      I hope you are well.

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  29. A heartfelt poem, ayala--you brought the man into focus, and made him real. It's funny how people can touch our lives, just by being who they are.

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  30. Oh dear. Agree with Hedge. Heartfelt and well-realized. Very sad when these things happen. Small planes kind of awful. Take care, k.

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  31. What a beautiful tribute to his memory and what he meant to you.

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  32. I hope somehow you can share this with his family, website, fb page, etc. You have done this man such an honor by writing this beautiful tribute. So beautiful, Ayala.

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    1. I read your comment to my husband and he shared it on his fb page where his family and fans can see it.

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  33. well done, dear





    Warm Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

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  34. Nice tribute to someone you felt close to, even through the media of TV.

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  35. Heartfelt tribute to one who will be remembered and missed.

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  36. A wonderful tribute to a worthy soul.

    Many thanks for your visit to me, it has led me to this fine blog.

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  37. such a sad sad tale- but elengantly put and a lovely sentiment and tribute

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  38. I agree with the others, a wonderful tribute and goodbye for a person who loved and lived as fully as he could.

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    1. Thank you, John. It is from the heart.

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  40. A great tribute and a fabulous photo.

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  41. What a beautiful and well written tribute ...thank you for sharing x x x

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  42. so very lovely... we never know when...

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  43. What a grand tribute accorded, ayala! The charisma of one can touch our lives in many ways. Great verse!

    Hank

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  44. Lovely tribute poem. Sad loss. Thank you for your visit.

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  45. A fitting tribute. It's sad to see life cut down in its prime.

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    1. So sad..and thank you, Victoria.

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  46. So very touching and gentle careful prose. Lovely. Pam

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  47. What a heart felt tribute. I love the repetition of Goodbye Spanish Fly. Well done, so sorry for your loss.

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    1. Thank you, Apryl. Strange how we feel like we knew him..we have followed his career from the beginning and he was so full of life.

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  48. It's wonderful how the love of nature and the outdoors can bring people together in ways unimagined. Your tribute is so special and says a lot about the kind of person you are - it's a pleasure to virtually meet you.

    "we will remember the stars in your eyes,
    and the love in your heart."

    Truly words to make one smile and I'm sure he's smiling from that fishing boat in the sky.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. It is a pleasure to meet you here. I am sure he is smiling in his boat in heaven catching lots of fish.

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  49. Good poem. Sad poem. It is hard to know that someone you cared about has died. Hopefully he died doing what he loved!

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    1. He had a passion for flying and I believe he lived his life to the fullest..I am only sorry he left so soon.

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  50. I'm so sorry to hear this news. Excellent tribute though.

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  51. I also pray....nice poem in the memory of 'Spanish Fly' and thanx for visiting my blog.

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  52. I think this is such a great tribute to a person who obviously fulfilled his own and others' dreams. Your image of him which you convey to us make alive to me as well. He indeed sounds like he was an amazing man. Thank you for bringing him to me in words.

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    1. Thank you, Charles. I appreciate your kind sentiments.

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  53. your words captured his joyful spirit and the loss those who knew him must be feeling...

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  54. A heartfelt tribute. May your friend's soul rest in peace.

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  55. Beautiful tribute to a remarkable man; your opening is brilliant. Thank you for this, and for visiting my blog.

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  56. So sad. You wrote a beautiful, heartfelt tribute to a wonderful sounding man.

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  57. aw, that sucks! (not your poem, which is beatiful.)

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  58. terrible tragedy. Great lament. I used to go fishing all the time, I haven't gone in quite a long time though, but remember how fun it was just hanging out by the rocks and waiting for something to catch. Thanks

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    1. Thank you, Fred. Fishing is a passion in our family.

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  59. a touching tribute... thanks for sharing this with us.

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  60. Oh my, how sad. It seems lots of adventurers are lost too soon and not necessarily on their adventures.

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  61. Ayala, I had not heard of his or his show. Sounds like a wonderful man who added so much to many lives.

    beautiful poem.

    xoxo

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  62. Touching tribute, Ayala. On a technical note, IMHO the piece would be more accessible and given room to breathe with stanza breaks, eg

    The ocean waters weep
    with longing.
    The wind whispers his name,
    " goodbye Spanish Fly."

    We read news reports in disbelief,
    sadness fills us.

    His plane caught in the crosswind,
    his plane fell down from the sky,
    and his spirit rose to heaven.

    His humble beginnings,
    as a Florida Keys fishing guide,
    charming with infectious joy,
    made the world fall in love with him.

    He built memories and dreams,
    living to the fullest,
    from fun in the Bayou
    to Sailfish fishing in Mexico.

    Adventures to love,
    adventure to treasure.

    Goodbye Spanish Fly,
    we will remember the stars in your eyes,
    and the love in your heart.

    Goodbye Spanish Fly,
    you will be missed,
    you will be forever loved.


    or perhaps (my pref) -

    The ocean waters weep
    with longing.
    The wind whispers his name,

    " goodbye Spanish Fly."
    We read news reports in disbelief,
    sadness fills us.

    His plane caught in the crosswind,
    his plane fell down from the sky,
    and his spirit rose to heaven.

    His humble beginnings,
    as a Florida Keys fishing guide,
    charming with infectious joy,

    made the world fall in love with him.
    He built memories and dreams,
    living to the fullest,

    from fun in the Bayou
    to Sailfish fishing in Mexico.
    Adventures to love,

    adventure to treasure.
    Goodbye Spanish Fly,
    we will remember the stars in your eyes,

    and the love in your heart.
    Goodbye Spanish Fly,
    you will be missed,

    you will be forever loved.

    >>in tercets and breaks coming regardless of where the thought/sentence is... creates a neat-looking, slightly non-linear Narrative which ruffles the reader just enough to make it kinda different.

    Merely suggestions, of course :)

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    1. Thank you, Luke.
      Nice suggestions.

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  63. That's so sad. At least he lived life doing what he loved.

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  64. such compassion Ayala...but that is how you are.

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  65. What a lovely tribute. I had never heard of him and feel I know him a little now. Thank you for sharing what was on your heart.

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    1. Thank you, Rachel. We went Sunday to a celebration-memorial of his life. The stories told were funny so we laughed and we cried. He was so special to so many.

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  66. Touching tribute Ayala. Although I wasn't aware of this show or him, I felt as if I learned about a part of his soul through your words.

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    1. Thank you, Rudri. I am glad that you got a glimpse of what a special person he was through this poem.

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