Haiku for Glenn

You’re skywriting now,
in stardust and bright moonbeams.
Still, we’ll miss you here.

Glenn Buttkus. Jun 14, 1944 – February 17, 2023.

Born in Seattle, Washington in 1944, he was a movie buff and an amateur thespian through high school, community theater, and college productions. He was accepted into the U of W’s BFA Professional Actor’s Training Program in 1970, then in its third year of existence. He worked in Regional Theatre in the Northwest for a few years, and then relocated to Los Angeles. In 1977, he took a job at an agency for the blind that was located near Hollywood, and he found a new love: special education. He returned to college, getting his MA in Education and worked with blind people for thirty years. (from m.imdb.com)

Glenn was a frequent contributor to dVerse and other online venues. His was a powerful voice at our OLN LIVE sessions. He is already missed.

Image clipped from his last appearance at OLN LIVE.

42 thoughts on “Haiku for Glenn

  1. Grace March 2, 2023 / 3:05 pm

    I love this – skywriting and smiling from above.

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    • lillian March 2, 2023 / 3:17 pm

      Yes…..warms my heart to think of him that way.


    • lillian March 2, 2023 / 3:17 pm

      Thank you, Laura. He was much loved by so many who never met him in person….except at OLN LIVE. His words live on.


      • Laura Bloomsbury March 2, 2023 / 3:28 pm

        I guess not being part of OLN live I did not get to know his so well 😦


  2. sanaarizvi March 2, 2023 / 3:15 pm

    He is definitely skywriting from above .. and probably smiling down at us .. seeing that we are missing him. 💙💙 A beautiful and moving haiku, Lillian!

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    • lillian March 2, 2023 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you, Sanaa. He will be missed…no denying that.


  3. Karen Kordisch March 2, 2023 / 4:20 pm

    A very nice tribute.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian March 2, 2023 / 5:58 pm

      His was a special voice and online friendship.


  4. Brendan March 2, 2023 / 4:27 pm

    Beautiful and Glenn would be delighted. His starlight warms us.

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  5. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES March 2, 2023 / 5:15 pm

    Such a freeing image… or soaring.

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    • lillian March 2, 2023 / 6:00 pm

      Thank you….I like to think of Glenn soaring, free of pain. His was a powerful voice; read and enjoyed by so many.


  6. scotthastiepoet March 2, 2023 / 7:04 pm

    Beautiful Lillian… I can feel him smiling…


    • lillian March 2, 2023 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you, Scott. It took all my energy and emotions to write the OLN Memoriam page….all I could manage was a haiku. But I feel it’s him….


  7. Truedessa March 2, 2023 / 9:21 pm

    Beautiful, I like to think of him writing in the heavens.


  8. SelmaMartin March 2, 2023 / 9:28 pm

    Skywriting he will. What a beautiful image to have of Glenn. Skywriting Glenn. Thanks.


    • lillian March 3, 2023 / 6:58 pm

      He will definitely be missed. So many thoughtful comments about him in the OLN chat and so many wonderful poems dedicated to him here. Shows how much he meant to so many – even if they’d never met him in person.

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  9. Rob Kistner March 3, 2023 / 5:07 pm

    Wonderful haiku Lil… Glenn was a special man… 🙂❣️

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    • Rob Kistner March 3, 2023 / 6:09 pm

      Glenn was a special force unto himself — strong, raw yet refined, unfiltered, real, and wholly irreplaceable. I truly feel the chasm he has left. Certainly I, and I believe dVerse as well, will be less without his unique view of the world. Won’t be quite the same again. Glenn was a thinker, and poet with his own unique voice. And he was my fellow traveler for many years. I feel the ache Lil. Right now life feels incredibly fragile.

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      • lillian March 3, 2023 / 6:59 pm

        As I have said many many times after October 14, 2013, “Thankful for every day.”


  10. M Jay Dixit March 4, 2023 / 9:36 am

    Moonlight and starlight, present with us throughout the night. beautiful, Lillian 🤍☮️


  11. Sunra Rainz March 5, 2023 / 9:47 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Lillian. It’s lovely to know more about him as you don’t really get a chance to ask these sorts of questions at OLN Live. There’s never quite enough time to chat, is there? Lovely haiku 🙂

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