Shortly after the death of the Yenish writer Romed (Romedius) Mungenast on 26 February 2006, Sieglinde Schauer-Glatz wrote the poem ‘Goodbye’ in memory of the late poet and civil rights activist.
The first stanza captures the tragedy of the process of dying: death appears as salvation to the one who has just experienced it. The second stanza is characterised by the intimacy of the dialogue between an ‘I’ and a ‘you’. While establishing the ‘you’ as Yenish, the deceased has helped the individual ‘I’ to find the courage to face what nobody wants to talk about, what has to remain hidden – the secret of descent. His commitment to help the weak is praised, too.
The end of the third stanza creates a climax to the poem by mentioning the name of the deceased, ‘Romed’. In the last stanza, the reference to the infinity of love reinforces the imagery of the first stanza: death is leading the way to the ‘eternal day’. Referring to the community of the Yenish, a ‘we’ appears, exclaiming gratitude in Yenish: ‘Grandig Gwant’.