I did not contribute a post from “in verse” to Dawning of a Brighter Day for two simple reasons, and one complex one. The first simple reason is that I had spinal fusion surgery on the 29th of March to correct pinched nerves. I was therefore in the hospital, cut off from my usual sources of information, when Jonathan Langford died on the 31st of March. I had posted late in March, on Monday the 26th (although the entry is date-stamped Tuesday the 27th at 01:37) because that entry was a hard one for me to finish.
I was not released from the hospital until April 6th, due to complications. And I couldn’t really sit at the computer for a week or so after, and then only in short spurts. So I didn’t know that Jonathan Langford had died until I noticed that I had received no reminder from him in April to post punctually on the 27th. I liked receiving his kind reminders and composing clever replies, such as “I’m on it like white on snow,” to which his replies, when he made them, were never less than pleasant, no matter how much scorn I deserved.