Wednesday, September 20


Rupert McCall, a Queensland poet.wrote this tribute to Steve Irwin...

Endless visions fill my head - this man - as large as life. And instantly my heart mourns for his angels and his wife. Because the way I see Steve Irwin - just put everything aside. It comes back to his family - it comes back to his pride.

His animals inclusive - Crikey - light the place with love! Shine his star with everything he fought to rise above. The crazy-man of Khaki from the day he left the pouch. Living out his dream and in that classic 'Stevo' crouch.

Exploding forth with character and redefining cheek. It's one thing to be honoured as a champion unique. It's one thing to have microphones and spotlight cameras shoved. It's another to be taken in and genuinely loved.

But that was where he had it right - I guess he always knew. From his fathers' modest reptile park and then Australia Zoo. We cringed at times and shook our heads - but true to natures call. There was something very Irwin in the make up of us all.

Yes the more I care to think of it - the more he had it right. If you're going to make a difference - make it big and make it bright!. Yes - he was a lunatic! Yes - he went head first! But he made the world feel happy with his energetic burst.

A world so large and loyal that it's hard to comprehend. I doubt we truly count the warmth until life meets an end .To count it now I say a prayer with words of inspiration. May the spotlight shine forever on his dream for conservation.

…My daughter broke the news to me - my six year old in tears. It was like she'd just turned old enough to show her honest fears. I tried to make some sense of it but whilst her Dad was trying .His little girl explained it best…she said "The crocodiles are crying"

Their best mate's up in heaven now - the crocs up there are smiling! And as sure as flowers, poems and cards and memories are piling. As sure as we'll continue with the trademarks of his spiel. Of all the tributes worthy - he was rough…but he was real.

As sure as 'Crikey!' fills the sky I think we'll miss ya Steve…goodbye


Ingrid said...

that's a beautiful poem, it makes me still sad reading it..

Anonymous said...

He was rough, but he was real. I think that was why so many people found him irresistable.

Granny said...

My Australian friend Peter posted this too.

It describes him perfectly. We in this country mourned his loss as well.

Wendy A said...

Beautifully written Lindsey. He certainly was a man that made everyone smile. Bigger then life! We will miss him here in our house.

Gary said...

Lovely eulogy Lindsay. Please share it with his family.

I didn't know him well, but saw enough to relate to your words.

Lindsay Lobe said...

HI Ingrid madcap granny Wendy & Gary
Thanks for your comments

Real and evocative -a true blue, a conservationist whose legacy lives on!!

Best wishes

Lee said...

We'll all be sad for some time to come, I believe, after the untimely death of Steve Irwin. He certainly was a unique human being.