On reading ‘Knulp’ by Hermann Hesse and reflecting on those who believe all elderly people need befriending.


‘Knulp’ Revisited, 2017

“So Sad”
they will say.
He lived alone.
No family.
No friends.
The occasional
with a neighbour
and the woman
on the checkout
at the supermarket.

But no one
knew him
knew what he felt
knew what he thought
knew what, if anything, he cared about.

And he died alone.
“So Very Sad”

But was it?
Perhaps it was
‘The Perfect Life’
No commitments
No constrictions
No interruptions

and, at the end,
No one to grieve.

Anthony J Sargeant – December 2017 after reading ‘Knulp’ by Hermann Hesse


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