On September 14, 2018, Astrid Anderson Bear and her children Erik and Alex scattered the ashes of Bear’s parents, SFWA Grandmaster Poul Anderson & Karen Kruse Anderson, from the three-masted ship Zodiac into the Salish Sea (part of Puget Sound). A small gathering of friends and family were present. Astrid read her father’s poem “Sea Burial” after the scattering, and all present toasted Poul and Karen.
Wide shall you wander, at one with the world,
Ever the all of you eagerly errant:
Spirit in sunlight and spindrift and sea-surge,
Flesh in the fleetness of fish and of fowl,
Back to the Bearer your bone and your blood-salt.
The sky take you.
The sea take you.
And we will remember you in the wind.
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