In Memoriam: Poet Leo Zoutewelle (1935-2021) The Society April 19, 2021 From the Society, Poetry 24 Comments Dear SCP Members and Readers, Poet Leo Zoutewelle died on March 11, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina under the care of Presbyterian Hospital hospice. He was born on December 19, 1935 in Holland and grew up while Holland was occupied by Nazi Germany. He emigrated to the United States after college and married Carol Hazlewood in 1957. He went on to careers in banking and surveying. His interests included playing violin and writing. After retiring in 2012, he produced two novels and an autobiography. He became an enthusiastic Member of the Society of Classical Poets in 2019. He is survived by two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren. The SCP sends its condolences to Mr. Zoutewelle’s wife, family, and friends. He was a true poet. Click Here to Read the Poetry of Leo Zoutewelle. . To Leo Zoutewelle (1935 – 2021) He and I shared an interest in animals and an abhorrence for animal cruelty. by Peter Hartley Beyond his words a man I wish I knew,But never met. His gentleness placed him,For me, among the Christly few who brimWith love, as Cuthbert and St Francis do.And what of lesser creatures that so fewCare to recall or give away some slimSpace in our thoughts for them? As they grow dimTheir mortal souls too will withdraw from view. And then when out of sight is out of mindWe’ll find they were remembered with their kind,By One for whom no sparrow falls and OneWhose toil goes on, whose work is never done.For then we find achievements in his artAcknowledge His, who sets them both apart. . . . Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 24 Responses C.B. Anderson April 19, 2021 Leo provided many a fine poem for the readers of these pages. He will be missed. Somehow, as a trans-lingual, he gave us glimpses into the possibilities of our native language that we otherwise might have missed. Thank you, Leo, for enriching the SCP archives, where you still hold a place in our collective memories. You were one of a kind, and irreplaceable. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Anderson. Your words mean so much to me and to my family. Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle Reply Joseph S. Salemi April 20, 2021 May perpetual light shine upon him. Reply C.B. Anderson April 20, 2021 And may his perpetual light shine upon us. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Salemi. : ) The support from all of you touches my heart. Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle Reply Mike Bryant April 20, 2021 I didn’t know Leo, except for the sweet nature revealed in his comments and poetry. The picture on the left speaks his dignity. The other, with the cubs, speaks to his gentleness. Leo was a poet. Leo was a man. Yes, he was a lion Like the one under his hand. Rest In Peace, Leo. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Bryant. I love your poem. : ) Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle Reply Hannah Zoutewelle Graham May 11, 2021 And, of course, I will cherish your poem, as well. : ) ~HZG Reply James Sale April 20, 2021 God bless Leo – he was a fine poet, an eternal learner, and also a generous soul. I will – we will – miss him. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Sale. Everyone’s support means more than you all will know. Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle Reply Daniel Kemper April 20, 2021 Rest in Peace. Consolation and healing for all who will miss him. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Kemper. Thank you. Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle Reply Sally Cook April 20, 2021 Leo knew to recognize real poetry from conventional blatherings. He was always willing to express an opinion and to debate an opposing thought. SPC has lost a real gentleman. Bon Voyage, Leo, on your journey. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Ms. Cook. Your words touch my heart. He was a true gentleman and it is comforting to see others notice this, as well. Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle (Leo’s daughter) Reply Joe Tessitore April 20, 2021 Rest in peace, Leo. We will miss you and your poetry. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Tessitore. Everyone’s support means so much. Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle Reply Margaret Coats April 20, 2021 Taking advantage of the link above, I was looking over the poems Leo Zoutewelle published here–only since summer 2019! What’s most touching is the little note of gratitude and appreciation in Comments following his last poem (December 20, 2020). He praises SCP for exchange of ideas and pleasant conviviality, hoping that we maintain and strengthen this facility for a long time. We’ll keep you in our hearts, Leo. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Ms. Coats. My father adored being a part of SCP. It was often the topic of conversation during our visits. He truly appreciated the integrity of everyone’s poetry and felt honored to be part of such a group. Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant April 20, 2021 My thoughts and prayers go out to those closest to Leo. I only knew him through his beautiful and inspirational poetry (the superb ‘Bees Are Spectacular’ being my favorite) and his encouraging comments. Leo certainly made his mark here at SCP and he will be missed. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Ms. Bryant. Your words touch my heart and I am just so proud to be Leo’s daughter. Everyone’s support and comments mean so much. Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle PS: He loved his bees! : ) Reply David Watt April 21, 2021 My impression of Leo, gained through reading his poetry and the generous comments he contributed, is that of a dignified, educated, and caring gentleman. His enthusiasm for life always shone through in his poetry. Leo will be greatly missed. Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Watt. Your comments mean so much to me (and my family). I’m just remembering now, that it was my father’s brother, Anton, in Utrecht that brought everyone’s comments to my attention. He was/is very touched, as am I. Thank you. Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle Reply BDW April 22, 2021 The opening quatrain of the following tennos are my personal thoughts only the rest draws with pieces from several of the commenters here: Leo Zoutewelle (1935-2921) by Sir Bac de Leuew He was a man of great humility and simple grace, a rarity, particularly in this time and place. He came to poetry so carefully and cautiously, collecting seashells at the edge of its colossal sea. Lo, he embarked upon his raft with courage, craft and heart. He sailed awave with feeling, the main secret of his art. He left his Holland for a journey to another land, like those Dutch seamen famed of eld, intrepid in command. Eternal learner who surveyed the lands he came to see, reminding us at moments of his generosity. Forgive this plain, pathetic po-em, this restrained homage, gratuitous, in gratitude, Great, Lion, bon voyage. Sir Bac de Leuew is a poet of the Netherlands. According to Beau Lecsi Werd, awave is a mix of away and wave, suggesting movement out, etc Reply Hannah Z. Graham May 11, 2021 Dear Sir Bac de Leuew, Thank you for this beautiful poem. I didn’t realize, at first, that you created it for my father alone. It is beautiful and I cherish it. To hear all of the group’s generous comments means more than you all know. Knowing that my father held the respect from a group he held so high, gives me great comfort. (He was not an easy man to please. : ) Thank you all so much! Warmly, Hannah Zoutewelle Graham Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.