Goodbye, Michael Gordon

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Goodbye, Michael Gordon

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

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Dear Editor,

Years ago I would see Michael Gordon in passing, as we both went in and out of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) building, at 58a Half-Way-Tree Road. My close relative, a journalist/reporter, who actually had the opportunity of working with the gentleman, readily recounted that he was not only keen on the job, but was also kind, courteous, and humorous.

Today, while his close ones mourn, they should still feel some level of comfort from the fact that their loved one had performed with excellence in his chosen career of photojournalism.

In essence:

He came and made his mark by taking sublime photographs.

He knew his earthly mission and the connected tasks.


Yes, he was rewarded for his tenacity and zeal.

This, enlivened by his camera, always took the lead.

Photographs tell stories, and, of course, his told a lot;

Through his faithful camera, he became 'the man on spot'.


No one can take his place, although his lenses are at rest,

Still, anyone with solid purpose, may, like him, give of their best!


His swift retreat from this hectic stage alluded to as 'life'

Should inspire all of us to project our brightest lights,

Before the music of our hearts segues into silent night.


The man whose 'golden hour' had come

Before he could say,

“So long”

Will be remembered, by and by, as the consummate professional!


Adiós, hermano! Goodbye, brother!


Erica Brown Marriott


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