Of all the various tributes to Lou online and in the press, this is probably the most poignant and typically poetic piece of prose by Patti Smith in the New Yorker.
It ends with the words:
I searched for the significance of the date; October 27th, and found it to be the birthday of both Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath. Lou had chosen the perfect day to set sail; the day of poets, on Sunday morning, the world behind him.
Patti & Lou Photo taken from google images (photographer not credited. Apologies to them for unauthorised use.)
Visit this link to read the whole, brilliant tribute.