Jonn Joseph
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This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Jonn Joseph who was born in Canada on December 28, 1982 and passed away on March 21, 2005 at the age of 22. We will remember him forever. 

Jonn's beautiful sparkling happy personality was torn away from us cruelly before it could possibly have ever been expected by disrespectful horrible intruders.
Jonn was such a beautiful son, who was born 3 weeks before his due date of January 15th, 1983.  His big brother Michael was in some kind of rush to meet his new sibling and landed with his full weight on mommy's big tummy before 8 in the morning and started the labor nearly right away.  Jonn was born at 3:58 in the afternoon.  He weighed 9 pounds 2 1/2 ounces and was just as healthy as any full term baby.  
All the time my mind returns to the day you were born
Your big brother ran into my room early all boisterous
He was a rambunctious fella that day and showed me his affection
By landing full force on my big belly and so early in the day
It was as though he could wait no longer for you to make your appearance
You were so calm and patient never jumpy or excited
That little plug that kept you safe from infection went "pop"
My labor coach was ready to take your big brother to her place
She was so happy to get me up to the labor and delivery rooms
There was no rush because the water had not broken
The doctor had to induce me as it was and you were born 
Twenty minutes after they finally made sure the waters were flowing
You made your appearance and I was so surprised to see your baby fingers
Crooked just like mine and so perfect with your blue eyes and lusty voice
After the announcement that you were a boy I was rendered speechless
Mom & I had joked all the way through that this was going to be "A Millionaire’s Family"
I loved the fact that mom had given birth to two girls and here I was with two boys
I looked for love and acceptance from the only dad I knew you to have
He over heard the doctor saying how you were "as good as full term"
In reference to your weight and size (it was amazing as you were not due until three weeks later!)
I looked for your dad to stay and visit but he had turned on his heel and left without a word
All I could think was that it was not a good sign for a dad to leave without saying "goodbye"
And today I wish I had asked questions and worked it all out so your life could have been better
As it is these "what if’s" might be my undoing because I still don’t know how he feels
Our communications have been poor since that day and all the way through your life
Astonishingly you grew to be such a gorgeous young man and so polite, thoughtful and sweet
Incredibly talented, sparkling in your happy light of enthusiasm
That radiated to all who came in contact with you
Until they all felt so much more positive after chatting with you
All of us, rejuvenated after a brief interlude of your bright amazing perspective
You are residing in our hearts with such an abiding glow
We all feel amazingly blessed to have connected to you!

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Tributes and Condolences
Words  / Mario Bird
I was reading some of your poetry/rap/songs tonite. For a young guy you had some deep thoughts, and a way of mastering words. A real talent.
my condolence greeting to my friend   / Victor Felix (friend)
i really miss u so much jonn and i am so grateful dat u left with leaving ur mum into my care to watch over her and make her know dat i can stand there for her anytime she needs me but in reality dont ever stop coming to my dream for dats d only way ...  Continue >>
to my little rapper   / Valarie Jolon-sicaja (a friend )
yo yo i miss your sweet attitude of life you were so kind and helpful to every-one you knew. i hope you meet my christopher-lee and you two can rap together i will see both of you one day and we will be ever so happy. right now, i think of you two of...  Continue >>
Dribble for then, it is for now.   / Exile ElixE (Best Friend )
I sit clad in a land of sugar and cream.What you see is not truly as it seems.A mind apart like a slivered arc.Lemmings drop,Only two see the 4th part.Step back its time to go forward,Like a Jelly Belly professionalLi li at walala...  Continue >>
"who'd you be today......"   / Lisa Two Eagle-Richard (Mom's Friend )
Hey ReJane! Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know I'm thinking about you.....everything is great here in Minot....I don't know if I told you that I moved here about a year ago...but this is really a great site keep up the good work......  Continue >>
In Memorium  / Tracy Butler (His Ma's friend )    Read >>
never forgotten  / Asha Smith (friend)    Read >>
Life is a great sunrise, journey well into your sunset  / Scott Cassell     Read >>
Jonn / Sheila Kelley (Family Friend )    Read >>
A sparkling presence such as the world has never known before, Jonn, that's you!  / ReJane Joseph-LaForme (Mum)    Read >>
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His legacy
Jonn's Young Voices Page On The Writer's Website  
Jonn did a lot of work for the & requested that it be updated a week to the day before he was murdered.  He brought all of the writing that he could collect on such short notice to the house here on the Six Nations Reserve (A.K.A."Tuscarora Township") in Southern Ontario, Canada.  The whole family has benefitted by his benevolence in that they get to read his original writing in his own handwriting!
The Park  

The Park

Going to the park was a big thing
The only place to sit down and swing
"You can't go alone you're only six years old!"
My young mother's cheery voice would sing
"It's too bad you're only six." I'm told
By my big brother who's not so bold
From bullies were he protecting me
He would simply state, "It's much too cold!"
The park's not now what it used to be
Me and my brother are close you see
When we were young he resented me
Back then the park was the place to be

copyright by jonn joseph 1999

The Poem Why  

the poem why

when i place my pen on paper
i can't help but want to taper
off my contact in my latest
thought i'll tell you not my greatest
former thorough conversation
that has been fueling my sensation
of a great imagination

when i read my own cognitions
written in my last edition
i get a sense of satisfaction
that i can't get from any action
i do for my own self-amusement
when i want to have some issues sent
to people for whom my heart is meant
so they can read it and rejoice
out loud or with an inner voice
after reading my rendition
wondering if it's fact or fiction

writing needs my concentration
so i can think of the relations
between the things i think and feel
and what things in this world are real
or things that my mind just creates
so my life makes me elate
no matter how happenings rate
so when good or bad i have to judge 
i can easily give my mind a nudge
wandering through these many stations
trying to theorize creation
by jonn joseph in 2002

Edited Version of "Time"  

Time goes by way too flipping fast
No wonder why most people live in the past
They study their life and the opportunities passed
Wishing the right ones they had reached out and grasped
Some lived by the knife and put they foot on the gas
While others just trifled and sat on their a**
And nobody wants to say they wasted it all
But it can take all your might just to stay on the ball
Who the heck’s going to make you get back up if you fall?
Hopefully somebody likes you who’ll be there when you call
Cause we all have our fights our arguments and our brawls
If I lose it tonight get off track and get mauled
I could booze it all night or I can choose to stand tall
Or I could do both and probably get my revenge
What matters the most is if I can still see my friends
If I go too far I could end up in the pen
Slurring all night, drank too much alcohol
Telling fat girls they look just like Barbie dolls
Get tweaked of good weed and bounce off the walls
Beef with some heat packing gangsters at the mall

The pain will come quickly when you meddle with guns
Having fun can be tricky when you’re on the run
It’s real flipping sickening to leave everyone

Go ahead and try to say that I just follow the leader
I bet you’ll never see me on stage dressed in a wife beater
Or depressed about the effects I have on my life neither
I don’t expect all the best things alright but I’m still eager
These days rappers just want to express the height of their own skills
So they scare the rest out of expecting to get their own deals
It pays the very best just to be protecting their own mills
Their fame and their own deaths and especially their chrome wheels
Eventually they forget what this life is all about
And then they start to lose respect for the fans that helped them out
Then in their heart they get the feeling it’s them who got let down
They’re fall-apart’s for not dealing with what’s happening right now
I’ve had it up to here I’m going to destroy these fake rappers
And I’m starting it right here, right now with you and your laughter
You remind me of a toy that all the kiddies are after
Harmless and annoying like a fallen Hollywood actor.

The pain will come quickly if you meddle with guns.
Having fun can be tricky when you’re on the run
It’s real flipping sickening to lose everyone

No matter what they say this silt leaves you stunned
One day there’s your army and then you have none
Nobody to run to just you and the sun,
 Just you and the moon,
 Just you all alone feeling like snit in your room.
 Wishing like heck that you did listen to all those people who loved you who told you not to do something stupid
Cause all you’ll do is ruin your whole flipping life and all that matters to you.
 Now you’re suffering nightly Trying to see through the gloom.
 You did everything right but all you could do is lose.
 You sing and you write and start the substance abuse.

By Jonn Joseph, 2004.

Amazing Samples of Jonn's Writing Expertise  

It can throw off your whole life’s good cadence
If you let yourself give in to frustration
Life will pile you right up with more aggravation
Until the only way out is hardcore sedation.
It’s a vicious cycle that’s why you must have patience.

I am so proud that I’m from a good nation,
Even in jail we get eggs and bacon;
If you work like a snail, you still get vacation;
There is always reason to have some elation,
There are four different seasons one has to be gracious.

In My Dreams
In my dreams I see you there
As I walk down the aisle I feel you there,
Watching over me. I know you’re here.
In my eyes filled with happiness and mischief I see you there,
As I hold myself, I feel you there
Watching over me. I know you’re here.
I love you.
No longer can I touch you
With that I feel much pain which is
Imprinted now on my heart and mind
Until we meet again.
We long for all those yesterdays when
You made every day worth while.
You are the reflection of my smile,
You are always in my heart.

By Jonn Joseph, 2002 & 2003

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