A Eulogy and a Song

By John Anstie

My introduction at the beginning to this dedication seems to constitute most of what I would wish to say about the person that is G Jamie Dedes and what she meant to me and to many. However, it only goes a small way towards fully describing her impact on various parts of our World. She wasn’t particularly forthcoming when it came to revealing her own many contributions across many areas of the literary landscape throughout her lifetime. She was extraordinarily selfless. Her mission, through the creation of her own website, ‘The Poet by Day’ as well as a collaborative online presence through a fruitful partnership with Terri Stewart’s ‘Beguine Again’, culminated in the creation of the ‘Bardo Group Beguine’, an international alliance of creative and spiritual endeavour and peaceful activism. From this collaboration evolved its primary publication that so many of us now know and love: The BeZine.

If, as often I do, I were also to make a contribution from what is to me one of the most spiritually uplifting art forms, the world of Music, it would be this: Frank Ticheli’s “Earth Song”, whose lyrics come as close as they could get to representing and to celebrating Jamie’s life and mission in song. The words say it all …

Sing, be, live, see
This dark stormy hour

The wind, it stirs
The scorched Earth cries out in vain

Oh war and power, you blind and blur
The torn heart cries out in pain

But music and singing have been my refuge
And music and singing shall be my light

A light of song, shining strong
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Through darkness and pain and strife
I'll sing, I'll be, live, see

Here it is sung by the internationally renowned Voces8…


The focus of "The BeZine," a publication of The Bardo Group Beguines, is on sacred space (common ground) as it is expressed through the arts. Our work covers a range of topics: spirituality, life, death, personal experience, culture, current events, history, art, and photography and film. We share work here that is representative of universal human values however differently they might be expressed in our varied religions and cultures. We feel that our art and our Internet-facilitated social connection offer a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters, and not as “other.” This is a space where we hope you’ll delight in learning how much you have in common with “other” peoples. We hope that your visits here will help you to love (respect) not fear. For more see our Info/Mission Statement Page.

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