Memorial Tribute for Greg Lansen

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Re: Memorial Tribute for Greg Lansen

Post by seawolf180 » Wed May 25, 2016 12:29 am

Vicky,
God bless you and your family.
Your resiliance and decency inspires.
I hope you enjoy many treks and hikes in good company, on your farm, the coast, forests or elsewhere.
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Re: Memorial Tribute for Greg Lansen

Post by helibel » Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:48 pm

I am one of those who only check in now and then these days. I can't tell you Vicki how many times I said " I have friend in Futa, well we haven't actually met but I have a friend" I sat all those nights needing to read how you were in the midst of the Chaiten eruption. I miss you my friend and I am so sorry for your loss!

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Re: Memorial Tribute for Greg Lansen

Post by Kel » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:33 pm

He does have a monument of sorts in Patagonia near Futa. I'll remember him ever time I drive over the Azule Bridge and see the deep blue water crashing over the rocks!
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Re: Memorial Tribute for Greg Lansen

Post by David_Bro » Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:44 am

Vicki------Sad news and thinking of you and your roller skates----MikieO emailed me the news some months back and frankly have not been in the mood over it----While this is not a perfectly human poem and i don't agree anywhere near what the English translation is, i included it anyway---but the jist of it for me, be it dog in this case or human----as i am pretending to make the difference---an old friend and more importantly, a partner is gone---so I'd say in this case---the jisty angle Neruda writes about that is this dog has gone ahead into heaven to make friends ahead of you so that on the day you arrive you are en casa....I can see greg doing only that...

Un perro ha muerto/Por Pablo Neruda

Mi perro ha muerto.
Lo enterré en el jardín
junto a una vieja máquina oxidada.

Allí, no más abajo,
ni más arriba,
se juntará conmigo alguna vez.

Ahora él ya se fue con su pelaje,
su mala educación, su nariz fría.

Y yo, materialista que no cree
en el celeste cielo prometido
para ningún humano,
para este perro o para todo perro
creo en el cielo, sí, creo en un cielo
donde yo no entraré, pero él me espera
ondulando su cola de abanico
para que yo al llegar tenga amistades.

Ay no diré la tristeza en la tierra
de no tenerlo más por compañero
que para mí jamás fue un servidor.
Tuvo hacia mí la amistad de un erizo
que conservaba su soberanía,
la amistad de una estrella independiente
sin más intimidad que la precisa,
sin exageraciones:
no se trepaba sobre mi vestuario
llenándome de pelos o de sarna,
no se frotaba contra mi rodilla
como otros perros obsesos sexuales.

No, mi perro me miraba dándome la atención necesaria
la atención necesaria
para hacer comprender a un vanidoso
que siendo perro él,
con esos ojos, más puros que los míos,
perdía el tiempo, pero me miraba
con la mirada que me reservó
toda su dulce, su peluda vida,
su silenciosa vida,
cerca de mí, sin molestarme nunca,
y sin pedirme nada.

Ay cuántas veces quise tener cola
andando junto a él por las orillas del mar,
en el Invierno de Isla Negra,
en la gran soledad: arriba el aire
traspasando de pájaros glaciales
y mi perro brincando, hirsuto,
lleno de voltaje marino en movimiento:
mi perro vagabundo y olfatorio
enarbolando su cola dorada
frente a frente al Océano y su espuma.
alegre, alegre, alegre
como los perros saben ser felices,
sin nada más,
con el absolutismo de la naturaleza descarada.
No hay adiós a mi perro que se ha muerto.

Y no hay ni hubo mentira entre nosotros.
Ya se fue y lo enterré, y eso era todo.


A dog has died

My dog has died.
I buried him in the garden
next to a rusted old machine.

Some day I'll join him right there,
but now he's gone with his shaggy coat,
his bad manners and his cold nose,
and I, the materialist, who never believed
in any promised heaven in the sky
for any human being,
I believe in a heaven I'll never enter.
Yes, I believe in a heaven for all dogdom
where my dog waits for my arrival
waving his fan-like tail in friendship.

Ai, I'll not speak of sadness here on earth,
of having lost a companion
who was never servile.
His friendship for me, like that of a porcupine
withholding its authority,
was the friendship of a star, aloof,
with no more intimacy than was called for,
with no exaggerations:
he never climbed all over my clothes
filling me full of his hair or his mange,
he never rubbed up against my knee
like other dogs obsessed with sex.

No, my dog used to gaze at me,
paying me the attention I need,
the attention required
to make a vain person like me understand
that, being a dog, he was wasting time,
but, with those eyes so much purer than mine,
he'd keep on gazing at me
with a look that reserved for me alone
all his sweet and shaggy life,
always near me, never troubling me,
and asking nothing.

Ai, how many times have I envied his tail
as we walked together on the shores of the sea
in the lonely winter of Isla Negra
where the wintering birds filled the sky
and my hairy dog was jumping about
full of the voltage of the sea's movement:
my wandering dog, sniffing away
with his golden tail held high,
face to face with the ocean's spray.

Joyful, joyful, joyful,
as only dogs know how to be happy
with only the autonomy
of their shameless spirit.

There are no good-byes for my dog who has died,
and we don't now and never did lie to each other.

So now he's gone and I buried him,
and that's all there is to it.

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Re: Memorial Tribute for Greg Lansen

Post by admin » Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:16 am

Here is a real memorial for Greg:

Endesa power company is surrendering their water rights to build a dam on the Futa, and that also should mean the Azul river valley is safe.

http://www.allchile.net/chileforum/view ... 41#p166150
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Re: Memorial Tribute for Greg Lansen

Post by Vicki and Greg Lansen » Fri Sep 30, 2016 3:47 pm

Helibel, Kel, DBro, and adminn, thank you for the wonderful posts. I was always happy with him wherever we were which makes being without him so disorienting. I have thought to hold on to the coffee farm and Pacific beach for the memories. But, as tough as it was, MY heart is in Azul. I think that is where he is since he no longer has to chop wood. And he would want me to be happy.

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Re: Memorial Tribute for Greg Lansen

Post by admin » Sun Oct 02, 2016 8:55 pm

Well, let us know vicky when your ready to come home. We are all waiting.
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