After my brother Pier graduated from Middlebury I published a poem on my website by our father W.E.R. La Farge, “To Catch a Blessing.” It’s about the magic of gatherings, and how it takes an entire community to harness — “to catch” — the blessing that is “in every place…going round & round | waiting for the circle of lives.” He would have been so proud of Pier, who was presented the Jason B. Fleishman award, named in memory a Middlebury student whose legacy is defined as “a model of strength and open-hearted service to others, and exemplifies leadership.”
W.E.R. died in 1994 (click here to read an obituary by Lowell LaPorte in the Groton Quarterly) but his poems, and his deep sense of community and caring for others, live on. My brother Albert and I have determined to bring his work back into print, and I’m slowly re-publishing his poems here, so it’s easy for folks to find them. And eventually Bert and I will pull them all together in some sort of collection.
W.E.R. was a wonderful, wise, big-hearted man. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him, and strive to catch his blessing.
POEMS BY W.E.R. LA FARGE