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January 22, 2020

Farewell, Wawa

As every flower fades and as all youth
Departs, so life at every stage,
So every virtue, so our grasp of truth,
Blooms in its day and may not last forever.
Since life may summon us at every age
Be ready, heart, for parting, new endeavor,
Be ready bravely and without remorse
To find new light that old ties cannot give.
In all beginnings dwells a magic force
For guarding us and helping us to live.
Serenely let us move to distant places
And let no sentiments of home detain us.
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us
But lifts us stage by stage to wider spaces.
If we accept a home of our own making,
Familiar habit makes for indolence.
We must prepare for parting and leave-taking
Or else remain the slaves of permanence.
Even the hour of our death may send
Us speeding on to fresh and newer spaces,
And life may summon us to newer races.
So be it, heart: bid farewell without end.

Hermann Hesse: "Stufen". Translated and published by Richard and Clara Winston, 1990.


  1. What a wonderful choice for a poem. I am still sad he is gone. He was a wonderful creator, here and at the Keep, and a kind and loving person. Wawa, you will be missed!

  2. What a wonderful poem.

    I only just saw the post at the Keep about Wawa's passing, and I'm still in a bit of shock. He was a great creator and he will be very deeply missed.


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