Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Farewell "Overrated Integrity"

There were other things I was going to blog about but this takes precedence. Randy over at Overrated Integrity has posted his last post. His abrupt leave reminds me of a poem by Antonio Machado, "Proverbios y cantares XXIX" in Campos de Camstilla. Here is a translation below:

"Proverbs and Songs XXIX"

Traveler, your tracks are
the road, and nothing more;
traveler, there is no road,
one makes the road by walking.
By walking one makes the road,
and by glancing behind
one sees the path that never
will be stepped again.
Traveler, there is no road,
but wakes in the sea.

I hope that your journeys are safe, that your wanderings bring you enlightenment, that your path brings you closer to what you seek, and that your travels eventually bring you back to us. Wherever you are, wherever you go, don't forget us because we won't forget you.

I will not forget your final words on your blog:
"Never under any circumstances take your freedoms for granted, never under any circumstances trust those who say they do things for the better good, and never under any circumstances blindly accept a decision that you know deep down is wrong."
So Randy, take care, be safe, and I hope we meet again.


Nick said...

Just found your blog. I can't wait to read your earlier entries. Keep them coming.



cvn70 said...


Randy was agood guy i do hope he finds a safe road to travel

take care and be safe


Jason Carwin said...

That is a beautiful poem, and it really spoke to me.

Also, Randy's lost post was very meaningful. I will certainly take that advice to heart.

Aek said...

Nick: Thanks for stopping by! I remember reading your blog before I started mine, but you stopped blogging for a bit and I hadn't followed up. I'll have to go back to the beginning and re-read. :P

Jason: Thanks. That poem moved me too. And Randy's last words are to be taken to heart.

Mr. Urs said...

This is exactly the poem that came to my mind when I was reading Randy's "Final Post".