My dear friend, Colin Jellicoe, has passed away. He was a successful Manchester artist and gallery owner, and an avid fan of the Hollywood Western.

A very English cowboy

Painter by trade,
Cowboy at heart,
Tinseltown made
Your Manchester art.

You rode first with Roy,
Cutting a tall figure,
A 1950s Rusholme boy
On the back of Trigger.

Then arrived a stranger
Taking the outlaws to task,
Yippee for the Lone Ranger
With Tonto and Silver and mask.

You wore the gear with pride,
White Stetson with its silent roots,
Studded belt, chaps of hide,
Denim jeans, silver-tipped boots.

In Manchester's Stenner Wood
Your heroic cowboy met his muse,
You created your own Hollywood
In greens and reds and blues.

I see you searching in your stills,
A spiritual figure I'll never forget,
The sun is darkening behind the hills
But on you it will never, never set.

Poetry by Christopher Fernie
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Written on 2018-08-11 at 22:15

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Ann Wood The PoetBay support member heart!
So sorry for your loss of yours friend, may he rest in peace.

Kathy Lockhart The PoetBay support member heart!
I'm so sorry for your loss, Chris.
Thank you for sharing your tribute to your good friend here at Poetbay. It is a fine poem done with your most charming, intelligent, and clever style.

So sorry for your loss. This is an affecting and delightful tribute to your friend.