Rusiko Bourchouladze
in memory of our friend and colleague


I will smile

Some day, years from now
when I walk alone
forgotten and forgetting
with years weighting on my steps
and age clouding my mind
I will still remember those days
I know I will be there again
if only for a moment
I will remember those days
the joy of our friendship
your work, your passion
the silent irreverence
of your scientific sedition
the victories that others will claim
the victories that you and I know are yours
the grace of your generosity
the simplicity of your vision
the power of your certainty
the persistence of your determination
One day, years from now
when I walk alone in my memories
forgotten and forgetting
I will still remember
and I will smile.

by alcino silva