PETER JOHN GOMES
after the fashion of John Masefield’s Sea Fever of 1902
and David McCord’s Spree Fever of 1970
by Cynthia W. Rossano
Presented to The Signet Society in loving memory of Peter J. Gomes
on the occasion of its celebration of Peter
April 20-22, 2012
We must be away to the Signet today, for our own dear Peter Gomes:
For him we’ve left our work, our play; for him we’ve left our homes
For the Gomesian choice of a laughing voice, and a convocation waiting,
A circle of friends where eminence tends, and a circle of love unabating.
We must be away to the Signet today, for the call of The Society’s nod
Is a cheery call and a clarion call and surely a call from God;
And we all will meet at a gathering sweet to acclaim our beloved man,
As thoughts and prayers we dispatch upstairs with the love of his myriad fans.
We must be away to the Signet today for Peter, the glorious son
Of Orissa Gomes and of Peter Gomes, who’s Plymouth-, Bates-, Harvard-spun;
And all we pray on this merry fey day is that all of our wishes come true:
We wish sweet grace for our Peter always; a Happy Hereafter! for you….
–Cynthia W. Rossano
his sole editor