The gateway to the Center is gone …. felled by nature – water, weather and fuzzy and/or feathered creatures.
It was made out of oak - 9 by 9 solid oak beams. Designed and built by my good friend John Leidenfrost – I had the honor of working side-by-side with John on it's construction. The wood was so hard and dense that it dulled the sharpest, strongest tools. It was only the will of two stubborn humans that we were able to complete it – I thought it would stand for all time (well, longer than 12 years). It was the most amazing, beautiful thing that I had ever helped create.
In my hubris I thought this torii would live into the next generation of Center Quester, long after I was gone. My minor gift to the Center. It made it one Jupiter cycle, twelve years.
It is gone, and I now realize that my hubris may extend well beyond the torii to where I think the Center will continue well after all us original "Centerites" are gone. It may, or it may not. Like the torri, Wisdom's Goldenrod may have a shorter shelf life than we hope – or it may last, but I am beginning to believe that it has only a little to do with human effort.
There is talk of building a new gateway to the Center, but it is too early to tell if it will happen or not – right now my heart is as broken as the pile of rotten oak on the Center path and want no part in the building of the next – unless, maybe, just maybe a next generation of Questers wills it so.