[NetBehaviour] for Ossi Oswalda, +/- 2005 - 1/25/2016

Paul Hertz ignotus at gmail.com
Tue Jan 26 15:23:55 CET 2016

Listened to these musics, phone in one hand propped up on the other elbow
with the cat Serafino shored up against me. Especially taken with the
ending of the elegy, music opening up to let in the world, its sirens, and

--  Paul

On Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 8:12 PM, Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com> wrote:

> Ossi Oswalda, +/- 2005 - 1/25/2016
> http://www.alansondheim.org/ossinow1.jpg
> Ossi, sleeping, about a year ago
> http://www.alansondheim.org/elegyforossi.mp3
> http://www.alansondheim.org/preludeforossi.mp3
> 2 qin on the elegy, slightly detuned
> they are coming together of their own accord
> qing qin on the prelude
> This morning, we had to put our companion cat, Ossi Oswalda,
> down; she was fading rapidly and we were worried she was on the
> verge of catastrophic failure. She had been with us for eight
> years, had been unwanted, and when she joined us, she was
> already three years old, very sick, and fierce. For the first
> seven years with us, she slept alone; just this past year, she
> joined us on the bed. She never, until today, sat or lay on our
> laps; today, before the procedures which put her to permanent
> sleep and peacefulness, she lay down on Azure's lap for the
> first time.
> We are bereft, beside ourselves; she was a deep and fundamental
> member of our family, and she remade the architecture of our
> place to her own liking, a remaking that changed faster than our
> own placements. Her sounds, while we slept, formed the basis of
> our sleep; her presence provided a mobile punctum which moved
> constantly. She died young, of kidney failure, possibly cancer,
> heart murmur, diabetes, and possibly stroke, but she had a good
> life with us. I'm always amazed at the worlding of organisms,
> from humans all the way across the great disks of lifeforms, and
> Ossi opened up new and whole ways of thinking, movement, and
> structure for us. We miss her, we miss ourselves, and what we
> can say is that she went peacefully, and without pain, and her
> pain was growing as she slowly, then quickly, was giving out.
> Last night was the last night she slept with us, we were already
> in mourning and those inclement regions of darkness which will
> swallow us all.
> Rest in peace, Ossi.
> For her namesake, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ossi_Oswalda
> Thank you for reading, if you have the time, please listen to
> the elegy and prelude.
> - Alan and Azure
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