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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.

  3. My heart aches at Wawa's passing. He was very kind and helpful to me. He will be greatly missed. Hopefully another great creator will join your team.

  4. Thanks for posting this Ingrid. Very beautiful. After Walter called me during one of our catch-up chats... everything happened so fast and our rare and beautiful friend was overtaken by a rare illness and a series of unfortunate health related events. While he was still coherent, I was able to express my deep love for him and the beauty he gave to the world and to this community. Even in the end, his compassion for others was at the forefront. While my heart breaks for him leaving this earth, knowing that he is finally living without pain is a god send. And also, knowing all the love, kindness, humour and beauty he left in the world transcends the limits of this world. :) - StephSim


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