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Saturday, April 14, 2012

LARS THOMAS: On A Friday Night

Dear friends,

It has now been than two months since my wife Jeanett disappeared without a trace. Despite the best efforts of the police in Denmark, and several public appeals on Danish television, we are still at a complete loss as to what has happened to her. But we - myself and our two sons - have to live on as best we can, but we also have to realize that the chance of ever seeing her again is slim. The uncertainty is the worst, but by now we need to say goodbye somehow, to draw a line, and to move on. So I hope all of you in the world of cryptozoology who have shown us so much love and support in the last 10 weeks will take a few moments to read my goodbye, and spare a kind thought for Jeanett every now and then.

I thank you, and hope to see a lot of you at the Weird Weekend in August.


On a Friday night
On a Friday night, when the sun went down
You grabbed your coat and went to town
“I’ll buy a book and eat a bit”
“I may be a while, an hour or two”
Ok, said I
But that was more than two months ago
On a Friday night, when the Sun went down

But darkness came and went
And came and went again

On Monday morning I think I knew
The world had lost its light
And the Sun was only half as bright

I’ve cried for you
I’ve cried for me
I’ve cried for the boys
But most of all I have cried for the world that lost you
On a Friday night, when the Sun went down

Where did you go?
I wish I knew
Were you sad?
Were you determined?
Were you frightened?
Or just surprised?
On a Friday night, when the Sun went down

I’ve spent my life seeking answers, solving riddles, and illuminating the mysteries of life
But I still don’t know what happened
On a Friday night, when the Sun went down

Did you really have to be the answer that will always escape me?

“Alas”, cries the raven

I guess we will have to do without
The answer – and you.

Farewell, my sweet!
Be at peace.


RR said...

What a beautiful tribute. I hope you and the boys can also find some peace Lars. x

Oll Lewis said...

My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad and difficult time Lars.

Kithra said...

That was a wonderful poem, and so heartfelt. You and your boys are in my thoughts as well. And I wish that all of you will eventually find peace.

Ego Ronanus said...

What a poignant farewll. I often think of you and your boys.

Naomi said...

Lars, I'm glad you are able to keep going. Going through something like this is unthinkable. You and the boys remain in my prayers.

mike playfair said...

Lars,none of us can imagine the pain that you and your family have gone through.your tribute that you wrote is just magical take care Lars

Carl said...

My thoughts are with you all.
Stay strong.

Syd said...

I expect that none of us can know the suffering of you and your boys. Many of us will have lost loved ones, but few, in such terrible circumstances.
May you all find strength and peace from knowing that you have done all that you could and that you have many good friends.