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Yoko Ono Writes Moving Tribute to John Lennon

'The most important gift we received from him was not words, but deeds'

December 8, 2010 1:56 PM ET
Yoko Ono and John Lennon outside the Dakota in New York City
Yoko Ono and John Lennon outside the Dakota in New York City, November 21, 1980.
Allan Tannenbaum / Polaris

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has written an elegant eulogy for her late husband on her blog.

The post, called "The Teamaker," opens with a memory of the former Beatle teaching his wife how to make tea, and the subsequent realization that he had been doing it wrong all along. "On this day," she writes, "the day he was assassinated for being a truth seeker and a communicator, what I remember is the night we both cracked up drinking tea."

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Ono continues: "This year would have been the 70th birthday year for John if only he was here. But people are not questioning if he is here or not. They just love him and are keeping him alive with their love. I've received notes from all corners of the world to let me know that they were celebrating this year to thank John for having given us so much in his forty short years on earth.

"The most important gift we received from him was not words, but deeds. He believed in Truth, and had dared to speak up. We all knew that he upset certain powerful people with it. But that was John. He couldn't have been in any other way. If he were here now, I think he would have shouted so we can all hear it. That truth was important. Because without knowing all the truth of what we did, we could not achieve world peace."

Yoko Ono counts down her favorite John Lennon songs

Ono's annual December 8 charity concert, Dream Power John Lennon Super Live, took place on Wednesday at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Fifteen acts performed at the show; its proceeds will fund 12 schools around the world.

John Lennon: The Teamaker [ImaginePeace.com, via THR]

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