Monday, April 13, 2009

Our Deepest Condolences to a Member of the Unschooling Community

The husband and father of a well-respected and admired family in our local unschooling community passed this morning. We offer his wife and her children our deepest sympathies. We are thinking of you, Neal, wherever you may be. These blows are crushing, our grief and confusion deep.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

- W. H. Auden


Mel said...

~May his passage to the Summerland be gentle and swift~

My condolences...

Donna said...

Thank you for writing this post and finding such a beautiful poem.