“Rooftop Angels” (for Rita’s birthday)

My sister Rita passed away in 2017. June 13th was her birthday. She’d often referred to herself as a “Down’s syndrome angel,” and so as I was missing her I imagined Down’s syndrome angels dancing across the flat rooftops just outside my window. I wrote a poem about it, and not much later Reynalds Leroux of Bordeaux, France, sent me a beautiful composition and asked me to write lyrics for it. The music was perfect for the poem. I decided to make a video with a few of Rita’s drawings. She was the most prolific artist I have ever known, giving herself and her time for the sheer love of creating beauty.

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