|In Memory of Dad
Walter Erich Kempa
My Dad had a great passion for fishing and being close to nature. Thought I would share one of his poems he wrote to celebrate his life...
A river talks
by Walter Erich Kempa
You need not be my enemy
I bring you water cool and clear
To quench your thirst to heal the sear
Let me be running clear and free
And I give life to fishes you will see
Its mother earth she has me send
To never rest and keep on giving
Do after me you will be living
Are you becoming just like me
Remember no need for rails
But listen closely to my tales
If I canít live let it be known
A man shall reap what he has sown
Like poison arrows aimed to sting
Itís only right they will return
And strike the one who pulled the string
BIOGRAPHY OF WALTER ERICH KEMPA
Walter Kempa in the German Navy, 1940's served as a signalman.
Emigrated to Canada in the mid-1950's from West Germany and settled on the West Coast, BC, Vancouver Island. He was employed in the forestry industry, first starting out at McLean Mill, now a National Historic Site in Port Alberni, BC.
Walter was very adept at learning new things. He was a philosopher also interested metaphysics, sciences including nano-technology, quantum physics and teaching himself how to use the computer. One of his dreams was to build and fly a gyrocopter. His favourite scientist was Nikola Tesla. In his spare time he also enjoyed poetry, art, painting and some photography. Favourite artists were Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.
His musical tastes were also diverse, including everything from classical to Nana Mouskouri, favourite artists were Jesse Cook, Santana, Dire Straits and Neil Diamond.
Fishing was one of his favourite all-time pastimes. His heart will always be with the river.
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Here is some of Dad's artwork:
ANKER - by Walter Erich Kempa
DREAM - by Walter Erich Kempa
HORSE - by Walter Erich Kempa
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