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

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Tue Jan 26 20:07:01 CET 2016

thank you, i don't know why, but i respond to, what for me is, tragedy, it 
brings out a hope i can do something worthwhile, other than my usual 
defensive/comedia routines... that ending just happened in real time, 
suddenly there were sirens outside the place, emergencies of the living

- alan

On Tue, 26 Jan 2016, Paul Hertz wrote:

> 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
> returning.
> peace,
> --  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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