Letters to the Editor, May 22: A Memorial Day poem
Departed heroes, not forgotten
EDITOR: This poem was written by my grandmother’s grandmother about the latter’s grandfather. This great-great-great-great grandfather of mine was a veteran of the American Revolution who fought at Bunker Hill and took part in the Continental Army’s unsuccessful 1775 invasion of Canada of Gen. Richard Montgomery. He was captured in Canada by British forces but managed to escape and made it back home to West Boxford, Massachusetts, where his family did not recognize him as he had lost so much weight!
Later, on active duty again, this ancestor of mine, Enos Runnels, stood guard duty through the night, and in the same room, with the British spy, Major John Andre, who was executed by the Americans on Oct. 2, 1780, the next morning.
I have thought that this poem might be of interest for the Memorial Day holiday:
For Enos Runnels (Feb. 20, 1757 – Aug. 11, 1845), veteran of the Revolutionary War,
including the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Battle of Quebec. Poem written by his granddaughter, Sarah Clement Reynolds on Dec. 4, 1870.
To the departed hero
Peace be to thee, dear honored sire;
Calmly thou sleepest in thy narrow home,
Bright gem in freedom’s starry crown,
Thy mission here on earth is done.
Thy children’s children speak thy name,
Wafting thy praise on wings of love,
To freedom’s children, ever sung,
And generations yet unborn.
Taking it to the streets
EDITOR: In the near future restaurants in Sonoma will be allowed to open to reduced capacity under social-distancing guidelines. Seating capacity estimates under these conditions are 25 percent of maximum seating. This would make it difficult for restaurant owners to pay their employees, rent and other bills. I would suggest that the City of Sonoma close street parking on one side of streets around the square and one block beyond to allow restaurant seating in the street. This would allow distancing and expand seating beyond what is available indoors. People are now more accustomed to walking and could park in locations like behind the Barracks.
Music lifts the spirits
EDITOR: Yay, Tim Curley, for the story and interview with Lowell Levinger (“Banana Tales,” May 8). What a feather in your cap… actually, I picture a press card in your hatband, pulling out a pen and steno pad as you amazingly recognize and approach the legendary Youngbloods member: “Excuse me, Banana? I’m Tim Curley, music correspondent for the Sonoma Index-Tribune. May I ask you a few questions?” For fellow North Bay musicians and music lovers, the story inspires good feelings. Especially those of us who grew up on the music of the ‘60s, or just love it. When will our great local talent again be able to share their gifts in person, live, breathing? And, by the way, attend events beloved by us guitar enthusiasts like Tim’s visit to the Bay Area Guitar Show or the amazing Healdsburg Guitar Festival? And, with the article’s companion piece, “Rockin’ In Place,” we are buoyed by tales of our brothers and sisters, so key to the local community, and how they are weathering the current lockdown of the live music scene. I was able to meet up with my bass player buddy recently, sharing a few tunes from 10 feet apart, and realized how much this “live, in person” is missed. While, of course, observing the huge importance of the physical distancing measures in helping keep this epidemic in check. I’m here to say, playing music, listening to music lifts the spirits and can boost the immune system, especially with others in person.