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Former Assisting Pastor Fritz Fritchel wrote this poem in honor of Irmgard Hörmann on her ninetieth birthday.
On the Occasion of the Ninetieth
A poem in honor of Irmgard Hörmann by Fritz Fritschel
Tales for each of nine decades
Strung in Hormannian fashion
Heard probably twice or more,
Told with enthralling passion
Though listeners have sworn
Never to have heard repetitions—
So enthralling is the storyteller
Of Aiea Heights Drive.
Now ninety years alive.
Nine decades, we hasten to add
Does not translate into decad-ence,
But for us a living history
Likely inaugurated in the Wilsonian years,
Gathering speed in the Roaring Twenties,
Facing challenges of the ominous Thirties
And the furious, fighting of the Forties.
On and on the epic travels,
With names, dates, conflicts and resolutions
Woven by deft memory that ne’er unravels
From one perched on Aiea Heights
To the awed crowd’s delights.
Tied together in warp and woof
Tales hang together, beginning to end,
Healing the frayed threads of human life,
Exploring the fame and foibles of family,
Discovering the richness of relationships,
Dreaming dreams of what is yet to be—
All with innocent enthusiasm
Generating warmth and love.
And so our love, so touched,
Is warmly extended
To a life not yet ended
Overflowing with gratitude and goodwill.
Fortunate to have Irmgard nested within our lives,
We allow her spirit so embodied
To fly the heavens wide
Seeding the earth with more tales of warmth and love.
Copyright © 2007 Fritz Fritschel and Lutheran Church of Honolulu
1730 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96822 • 808-941-2566
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