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In Memoriam: Steve Jobs

Updated on December 18, 2011

Condolences snowballed on Facebook and Twitter;
In moments, the news was widespread.
So sad, but what medium could have been fitter
For stating that Steve Jobs was dead?

From humble beginnings, he worked and invented.
Though college was always his goal,
He didn't care much for degrees it presented;
He wanted to nourish his soul.

He dropped the tuition but sat in on classes
Until he'd ingested his fill.
Unfettered by fear about failures and passes,
He followed his dream and his will.

The fresh innovations he shared with Atari
Were only a drop in the pail.
Much more was in store, for his outlook was starry;
Detractions were to no avail.

He started his company, bursting with vision,
But even he couldn’t have guessed
The startling speed and the instant precision
Today when a button is pressed.

From Apple to Pixar, he hung on to hunger,
Determined forever to strive.
He faced his frustrations; though not getting younger,
He cherished just being alive.

He never let setbacks dissuade him from doing
Whatever he deemed most worthwhile.
He didn’t waste time upon stressing and stewing;
He picked himself up with a smile.

He knew that one day he would get to the finish;
Mortality loomed in his mind,
And yet it could never destroy of diminish
The peace he’d endeavoured to find.

We now say farewell to a leader who taught us
To go with our guts and believe.
Let’s offer a toast with devices he brought us.
So long to superlative Steve.

2011 Moira G Gallaga©


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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for your comments suzettenaples. I've read the book you recommended, yes it is a very fascinating look at Steve Jobs and quite an interesting read.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love your poem - very well done! I just finished reading his biography - Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson - it is a full, fascinating look at Steve Jobs - also very objective. I highly recommend this book to you.

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      Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Snakeslane and SilentReed, thank you fro your comments. Steve Jobs was simply an incredible person, we may not know him personally but his achievements have definitely touched our lives. He revolutionized the way we do things and go on our daily lives. He has truly made his mark on this world, it is a pity he had to go so soon.

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      SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

      Being a very private person, most of what we know about Steve Jobs is his successful and innovative approach in business. Like the Apple icon he help establish, we only see the big public brush strokes across the murals of his life. It is unfortunate and sad that his life was cut short. Who knows what other inventions that would have improve our daily lives could have been develop by his brilliant mind.

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      Verlie Burroughs 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for this beautiful tribute moiragallaga, you reached deeply for this one and came up with a clever and heartfelt poem. I feel like I know Steve Jobs a whole lot better after reading this, you have my admiration and my votes. Regards, snakeslane