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April 24, 2015
- Dear Sam, - Missing You, Tonite, dear Soul Brother! - Perfect Night for Poet-izing
November 01, 2014
Your smile could light a room.
October 31, 2014
A hug from you
Was to know you as a poet.
Your anger at injustice
Gave you away as a writer.
A silent tear in the midst of beauty
What an artist, Sam!
What we found in you was loving and lasting
Still, we wish that you were here.
October 30, 2014
I think of you often, Sam.
October 23, 2014
Remember
Regret 
Repeat.
Days become months, months become years. 
Remember
Regress
Repeat.
August 13, 2014
- If you were a Book, Sam Brakefield, I'd read you again and again! - You'd be my Favourite Book of Poems, in my Special Private Library, in my Fine Glass Hutch - the one made with Cherry Wood - A fine Vintage - next to my original Oxford Press Chaucer, fair condition, 1851. Long since destroyed, along with my manuscript - ah, but your Legend, your Legacy, lives on, Sam Brakefield - 'The Greatest Poet of them ALL!!' - You ARE!! - Being a REAL Poet is either something You're born to - or the Godz have thrust upon you. - But YOU, Sam Brakefield, were the Chosen One - the ONE that Townies, even to this Day, still talk about - even to this Day. We love You, Sam Brakefield - Every time I see a Prairie Young Man Saunter, with Coyote Glide and Fedora and GQ Farm Boy Grin, I am reminded: You are still with us, in our hearts, in the Belief of Poets and Vagabonds and Art, Beauty, Hope, n Truth - You speak it, Sam, through every Poetizer that slinks upon that Open Stage -T'was such Divine Pleasure to say: 'I knew U!'
May 19, 2014
So many hugs. Miss you Sammy.
May 18, 2014
<3
December 29, 2013
xoxo
December 27, 2013
Sam I am , how did I not know. How did I miss it. I adored you with all my heart, I missed you with more of it. Life changed and fastly passed by, and til today i had no idea I'd never see you again. Had I not disappeared I may have known you did. Missing your word salads and our many stairwell encounters. Xoxo to the moon and back a million times over
October 30, 2013
Ill always keep you close Sam i still love you with all my heart
October 23, 2013
You are on our minds and in our hearts, today and always.
Miss you, Sam.
March 27, 2013
Missing you, Poet. love n light, Jules
March 27, 2013
Thanks for popping into my head over the weekend...Happy Birthday Sam I Am!
March 27, 2013
Birthday cake! Much love dear. Painted a mural and left your words in red..
March 26, 2013
Missing you endlessly and thinking of your smile.
March 14, 2013
Thinking of you today Sam.....
November 26, 2012
Your light still shines
We sing your songs
We cry your tears
We remember you
July 05, 2012
Missing you today and always.
April 12, 2012
Just wanted to say, you still come up in conversation about once a week. Sometimes it's a funny story (unprintable here!), sometimes it's melancholy. But you are far from forgotten, brother. Missing you today.
April 11, 2012
Miss you Sam.... Think of you often...
April 10, 2012
God Bless the Poet Sam Brakefield...in honour of his Memory, in honour of Sean Saur and Pete Harvey and Adam MacCabe and all the Poets and Genuine Artists Lost and Found, living and departed, I have created an Award of Excellence for Poetry and Art...see details on my FaceBook Page: DEKALBPOET@YAHOO.COM...
Sam was the one who started it...simply by being HIMSELF. I would like to honour his brilliant Memory and the memory of my dear departed father Bruce Shepard, a brilliant artist and poet himself...Many Blessings on Sam and his Family, Sean Saur, Adam MacCabe, Pete Harvey and all of The Round Table and Family members, one of which I feel a part of in the ol' Hippie Commune of Gurler Street...Long may Sam's Memory and Spirit of Poetry live on for all the other Artists and Poets, past, present and future. In Loving Poetical Memory

~ 'POET' (Jules St.John, creator and CEO of The Liberal, The Pursuit and The Barbed Wire Review, all local Underground Poetry, Literature, Arts and Politics Magazines...) ROCK ON, POETS! I love you all!
November 12, 2011
Really missing your humor, your smile, and your writing today, Sam.
October 31, 2011
October 31, 2011
Thankyu, Christy, for maintaining this Guest Book and keeping the Dream alive, for all Creative Artists, Writers, and Poets. Blessings, Jules
October 29, 2011
I heard about Sam well after his passing, however it still hit me hard. Very rare to meet someone as sincere, funny, and original as Sam. He always was a breath of fresh air to be around...impossible not to laugh or smile in his presence; even at the most serious of times. If you were having a bad day and needed that relief, Sam was there.

The world is less vibrant with you in it Sam, but heaven will be that much better.
July 07, 2011
Sam, thinking of you today and wishing I could give you a hug. Love always, Sarah
July 05, 2011
Sam
Your smiles were waltzes, your laughter a polka
Your tango a serious tussle of mind and heart
You were in so close, then out so far
You understood suffering all too well
Sometimes a whisper, sometimes a yell

I hear you still

still

still

always

ever

Mom
April 08, 2011
Happy late birthday Sam! Miss you! Had cake for ya. Thinking of you always.:*
February 24, 2011
Sam I Miss you bro, one of the coolest people I ever met.
January 19, 2011
There was a hidden genrosity and depth of kindness that Sam always brought to the forefront with his niece and nephew, Katrina nd Mikhail. He always took time to play with them and make them feel special. He would even play with ribbons and girls' toys with Katrina! Always loved to play hide and seek and tickle Mikhail. They always knew Uncle Sam was going to do something fun just for them. We are glad to have had that. Those little moments will always leave a lasting impression of the unique bond he created. I think the freedom that the kids brought out was very important to him.
January 01, 2011
I knew Sam from Living in LaCrosse. He was my friend, when few others would be. At my lowest, he would make me feel valid, loved, cared for. And I never told him that. Sometimes, I think regret is OK. But I sure do miss you right now, brother.
October 22, 2010
I miss you Sam I Am.
September 22, 2010
came across some pictures today..Thinking about sam..hope you are all well.
August 16, 2010
You are my sunshine
My only sunshine.
You make me happy
When skies are gray.
You'll never know, Sam,
How much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.
March 27, 2010
Happy birthday sammy.. eat cake for me in heaven and ill eat some here for you. xo.
March 25, 2010
Sam, thinking of you...missing your kindness and love. Missing you on John St.
March 20, 2010
We're so sad. Miss you. Miss your poetry. Miss your style. Miss your humor. Miss your smile. Miss your warmth. Miss your dreams. Miss your hugs. I even miss your pain and struggles. Miss you, miss you, miss you. With all my heart. Every day.
January 19, 2010
i miss you buddy.
January 19, 2010
I didn't know Sam for very long, but he was one of the nicest, kindest, gentlest souls I've ever met. I sometimes see someone who may look like him on the street and I wish it was him because I know if he saw me he would greet me with his great big smile and lovely conversation.
October 28, 2009
It's been a year. I miss seeing Sam on the few occassions our paths would cross but I will never forget his beautiful smile and his gentle kindness. His life was a precious gift to those of us who knew him.

"May you stay forever young." -Bob Dylan-
October 27, 2009
Thinking of you Sam...wish you were here.

Peace and Love,
October 16, 2009
I think about you almost every day Sam. Sometimes it's because I think of somethings silly we used to do together and sometimes I simply miss you. I love you my little Sammy.
June 22, 2009
ALL SAM'S STUFF IS GREAT. ANYTHING YOU CAN FIND, PLEASE SUBMIT. HE COULD DO AD-LIB, TOO, AND WELL, AND LIKE ANY TRUE ART FORM, WAS CONSTANTLY LIQUID. MOVEABLE, ANIMATED, IT HAD ELECTRICITY TO IT. THANKS, JULES
June 11, 2009
My Name is Heather Fowler. Sam stayed with a girlfriend of mine and I at Western a few years ago. That Kid taught me more about taking my time and relaxing living not just to the fullest, but well.He was one of my best friend in the short time I knew him and I would have kept him close forever but he was to beautiful and had to be free.. He was love and kindness rolled into a gregarious smile... I loved him deeply. My deepest prayers for your family...love to sam...Please let me know what i can do.. if anything...Heatherheals@Hotmail.com..
May 29, 2009
I was a friend of Sam's when he lived in La Crosse. Please accept my sympathies to you and your family. I am so sorry. I hadn't been in much contact with Sam since he moved back to Illinois but just an email here and there to say "hey." I was just going to try to connect with him again this morning when I came across the news. I know words can't make the pain go away but I wish there was something comforting for me to say. I always enjoyed his company and obviously he was a very memorable soul and I would wonder about him from time to time and what he was up to with his poetry/art and hope that he was doing well. I am unsure of what happened but I do know and understand how greatly he is missed. I always thought we would meet again and laugh a lot . . . I hope my sending this hasn't brought on sadness for you. I just wanted to express how sorry I am for your loss but also that I feel very lucky to have had the chance to know Sam and blessed for the memories given. I will not forget him and that wonderful laugh of his. Take good care, mary
May 24, 2009
Christi,
We were deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Our hearts go out to you, Ron and your family during this difficult time. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Gerald and Annie Santos
May 11, 2009
Hello, my dear, sweet Sam,
Enough of this now. It's time to call home. I need to hear your voice.

Love,
Mom
March 26, 2009
THINKING OF YOU, DEAR SAM. MISS YU, BUDDY. ~JULES
March 25, 2009
Happy Birthday Sam.
March 24, 2009
Happy Birthday Sam.
February 21, 2009
I will miss you sweet Sam.

Peace and Love,
February 03, 2009
All of my memories of Sam, always recall one thing.. HIS HILARIOUS SMILE.. Ever since he was a little kid, his face always lit up in that dopey grin.. whether from a joke, something on tv, or from my 90 year old grandma cussing up a storm in foreign languages. He found delight in simple things. A lesson all of us serious workaholics can learn from him. :). I know he is in a good place now, probably cussing it with his 99 year old grandma.. I'm sure she's showing him the ropes and they are causing all sorts of heavenly, delightful trouble..grinning down at us mere mortals.
December 14, 2008
My prayers are with you. It is not easy losing a child or almost losing one as I almost lost Nick. I remember Sam as a friend of my son and he had a very engaging smile. He will not be forgotten.
November 29, 2008
Christi and familiy,
I am so sorry that Sam passed on. I hope you find strength and comfort in each other, and friends. I care so much about you and your family and I will be here for you. I wish I was able to say goodbye to Sam. I looked at your pictures you posted and I noticed what a handsome man Sam is. May all your fond memories of Sam flood you with his love.
November 22, 2008
Dear Chris, Ron and Sarah
I'm deeply saddened on hearing of Sam's passing. My heart goes out to you in sincere sympathy and prayers for God's comfort to you in your sorrow. Peace and love, Rosemary Polnow (former secretary at CSS)
November 18, 2008
Sam called home often, and I would save his voice on our recorder for as long as I possibly could. The audio included below is from fall of 2008 at the time Sam arrived at Taos, New Mexico. Sam loved travel, beauty and wide open spaces. I think you'll hear it in his voice. I hope you enjoy listening, and thanks for being part of Sam's dear, sweet, precious life.
November 18, 2008
For all of those who have shared or plan to share your personal stories and insights about the Sam we loved, Christi, Ron and Sarah wish to thank you for making a permanant record of loving and enduring memories of Sam.
November 06, 2008
Ron, Chris and Sarah - I am so sorry for your tragic loss. May God's love comfort you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
November 03, 2008
I have many funny memories with my old friend and neighbor!! God Bless.
November 03, 2008
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you all in this difficult time. My fondest memory of Sam is coaching him in 8th grade track. We asked him to run the 800 and he thought he was running the 400. He sprinted the entire first lap and then we told him he had one more to go! He was a trooper and kept going giving it all he could and when a girl was coming up behind him he took off – lightening fast checking behind him to make sure she wasn’t close behind. He won the race and had a big smile on my face. His smile was infectious and one of my favorite athletes in my years of coaching.
November 02, 2008
I met Sam in Genoa, IL. He grew up in the same click of friends with Alena, Eli, Lucas, Joey, myself and many more. We all got together often as kids. After we all grew up I only saw him once in a great while. Then one day out of no where I was at a huge turning point in my life and I ran into Sam. We ended up hanging out all the time. Him, Aaron Clark and my bestfriend Melissa and myself spent a lot of time together. We all became pretty close. I got to know Sam better than I ever have. He found a special place in my heart. I would have never known that when he gave me one of his famous squeeze the breath out of ya hugs when he was leaving to go work in New Mexico that that was the last time I would see him. I didn't get to see him when he came back to town and I just wish I could have said hi and given him one more hug before he left us. I'll miss him so much. He meant a lot to me. I'll never forget his huge smiling face. It was so bright and beautiful. And the best was seeing him catch the garter at my wedding to Brandon. I'll always remember him as the hillarious guy that he was with such a huge heart. No one played with kids more when they were at an event. When no one else was playing with them... Sam was. We'll miss him always. I'm thankful for the sweet moments that we shared with him....
October 30, 2008
what happend i just saw him a few weeks ago omg please let me know how this happend me n my sister went to school w him my email is janet20052003@msn.com if u need to talk or any thing please email and tell what happend my sympth reaches out to u and your love ones i will pray for peace in your family may god bless u and your family throught this hard times
October 29, 2008
I met Sam back when Jimmy became friends with him. I never really got the concept of the song "Rolling Stone" until I met him. He had a happy-go-lucky personality, and was a free spirit. A flash of that great, big smile, and he could warm anyone's heart. Even when you didn't see him for a while, you would still be thinking of something funny that he did last time you seen him. He will be missed a lot. Jimmy and I have some recordings of Sam reciting his poetry on two cds. If interested in obtaining a copy, get in touch with Jimmy. I'm sure he'd be happy to make you one.
October 28, 2008
Sam-you will forever remain in our hearts and memories. You will always be a part of our family. May God bring your family peace and comfort.
October 28, 2008
Anyone who knew Sam can't help but to smile at the thoughts of everything he was, funny, charming, always quick to make others laugh right along with him. I will never forget him. Sam, if tears could make a staircase, and memories a lane, we would walk right up to heaven, and bring you home again. To his family, I am deeply and truly sorry.
October 28, 2008
I feel so lucky to have known Sam for the last few years; I will treasure the memories he has given me as some of the best ones of my adult life. I'll remember his love for Charles Bukowski and the Burger King Whopper, his smile that could make your heart melt, and his poetry that could make it weep. He was a truly unique individual, a caring friend, and an inspiring artist who will not be forgotten.
October 28, 2008
Chris, Ron, Sarah my condolences to you and your entire family. I will never forget Sam's sense of humor or that huge smile.
October 28, 2008
Sam was such a great friend! He was always smiling and he always knew how to make someone laugh. Thanks for all the great memories, you will be missed greatly!
October 28, 2008
Im glad I got to know him...we had a lot of fun together and I thought of him as a brother, He was complex and intelligent with a good sense of humor......i will miss him a great deal
October 27, 2008
Sarah, my thoughts & prayers are with you, your mom and all Sam's family & friends during this very difficult time.
October 27, 2008
I grew up with Sam in Genoa,IL and kept in touch with him over the years as we grew into adults! I will always remember his ability to make us laugh so hard that we were all crying & his dramatic poems that always gave us a chill when he read aloud! He was like a brother to me!!Life was not always easy for Sam but he ALWAYS made the BEST of it!! HE WILL BE MISSED IMMENSELY!! My sympathy goes out to all.....
October 27, 2008
We are so sorry for your loss. We all remember Sam from when you lived behind us in Crystal Lake. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family
October 27, 2008
Chris and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
October 27, 2008
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Sam and my brother used to be pretty close for awhile and we all got to know he was an awesome guy! Knowing Sam, he's hanging out at the pearly gates wearing a tuxedo tshirt grinning ear to ear...
October 27, 2008
Sam was such a unique individual. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
October 27, 2008
Sam was warm, talented, and beautiful. I'll always love him.
October 27, 2008
I can remember Sam coming through the lunch line at GK, always polite and a great sense of humor.
I feel so sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to your whole family.
October 27, 2008
Sam was such a special person. He always had smile which made you smile. Hang on to those memories. He will be greatly missed.
October 27, 2008
Sam was a very close friend and neighbor. His artistic and athletic talents were so impressive; he truely was a gifted guy. That wicked smile and laughter will never fade... he will really be missed. Chris and Ron - my thoughts are with you.
October 27, 2008
Sarah, may thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Give your mother a big hug!! I am so sorry for your loss.
October 26, 2008
I didn't really know him but the first time I met him I could tell he was a very nice and funny person. I just met him on Tuesday, and miss him a lot.
October 26, 2008
Chris, Sam and I are so very sorry for your loss. I still can't believe that you have lost him so early in his life. We only remember Sam and Sarah when they were young. But they both had the best for having had you for a mother...Love, Sam and Sue
October 26, 2008
Chris, Ron, Sarah and all your family: My heart goes out to you and my prayers are with you.
October 26, 2008
Sam will be missed.
October 26, 2008
Sam was a good friend and I will always cherish the memories I've shared with him, I will miss you Sam.
October 26, 2008
Thanks for the memories Sam, you will not be forgotten.
October 26, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Sam was one of the most enjoyable people I can remember from school and always knew how to make you laugh and smile. He will be missed but the impressions he left in people life will always be remembered.
October 26, 2008
Your smile will be missed, Sam. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
October 26, 2008
I am so sorry, I still have memories from us being neighbors and best friends as a child. My deepest condolences.
October 25, 2008
Sam may have had the biggest heart of anyone I've ever met. He always had a smile on his face and a story to tell. Anyone that knew him knows how much he will be missed.
October 25, 2008
Christi, Ron, and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Remember all the blessings that Sam
brought into your lives as a son,brother and friend.
May God's love help to comfort you
and bring you Peace.
With our sympathy.
October 25, 2008
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Sam was a good guy who always made us laugh. I enjoyed his friendship in high school. I will always remember him.
October 25, 2008
I am so very sorry about your son.
October 25, 2008
I hadn't seen Sam in a few years, but I thought of him over the years, he was someone that could always make you smile. He will be dearly missed, my deepest condolences to his family and friends.
October 25, 2008
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
October 25, 2008
My condolences to his family and many friends.
October 25, 2008
Oh my little Sammy Brakefeild...you always made me smile. Sam touched so many lives over the years. My condolences to Sarah, Christi and all of his hundreds of friends. I know Sam has found tranquility now and is grinning that big smile of his...he will never be forgotten.
October 25, 2008
I am soo very sorry about your son..I have some very recent pictures..I would like to share with you...He was a gifted poet...
October 25, 2008
My heart goes out to Sam's family. My prayers are with you.
October 25, 2008
I knew Sam only a short time, but it was clear from the very first time I saw him at Open Mike, that he was such a sweet, kind young man. So courteous, I did not know him well, but I am so glad to have known him. His smile was real. I am so sad. I know that his family members that have passed will greet him and embrace his coming.
October 25, 2008
We'll miss you and that big smile that brightened so many lives. Our deepest condolences to Christi, Sarah and all the family and friends.
October 25, 2008
I'll miss you pal...J
October 25, 2008
Sam was/is a Wonderful Poet and Artist, and a guy who really cared. I will miss his crooked smile and his bright heart. Even though he's gone, his Spirit is still with us, Always.
October 25, 2008
I am very sorry to hear of Sam's passing. He was a very kind hearted young man. I am so glad I had the pleasure of knowing Sam for many years. He will be greatly missed.
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