Another part of my library shelves contain books that
have been sources of encouragement for dark times.
We all have those. Of course.
So, this morning I found an old book that I’d forgotten
was there~ a book entitled, “What Is An Angel Doing Here?”.
Randomly opening the book, I found this:
“There are acts of Love in the Bible
that you hear metaphorically.
Hear them as fact.
Can human beings move mountains?
If they believe they can.
You created those mountains in the first place.
Can a sea be parted? Of course.
Was it? Do you dare believe it?
Can a human being be nailed to a cross,
die, be brought down, buried,
and then rise again?’
Fear tells you, “We have to temper this,
adjust it to where it is intellectually acceptable’.
As you try to soften truth,
you bring yourselves farther
and farther away from Home
and the remembering of who You are
so that you walk in your narrow world
looking for proof that there really is a God.
(and the angel asks):
Is truth so particular
that there is only one gate to heaven?
There are no gates.
Heaven is inside you.
You are not even the gatekeeper.”
………..from Emmanuel’s Book III, ‘What Is an Angel Doing Here’, compiled
by Pat Rodegast & Judith Stanton.
Back in the day (1994) when this was first published,
I loved Roland Rodegast’s illustrations for those books.
Light-hearted, simple, fun to accompany such
I have been accompanied by myriads of gods and goddesses
in my stretch of life so far. Each day more and more
are showing up.
In Astrology, when a planet goes ‘retrograde’ there is a time of possible
unraveling. A time of looking again at our actions, our purposes, and
seeing a possibility there that was an underlying current, hitherto unseen.
I could say it’s like unraveling a sweater I have knitted, that suddenly seems
to have lost its shape. The material, the yarn perhaps, is still good, just a
little out of place at this moment.
Because I am in the process of looking for an essential way to create
a soulful arrangement of the furniture and things in my apartment,
I’m looking for a poem to align with that purpose.
I have chosen one for today:
” AS IF
In the still room where you are waiting,
the vase of wildflowers, day lilies, verbena —
and flowers you can’t recognize —
will draw you to it. It is so perfectly quiet
you can hear the spaces between flower and leaf.
When Queen Anne’s lace brushes the tabletop
you will hear it. If you lean over the bouquet
you will find a meadow with so many pathless
sounds you will call it the sigh of summer. But listen,
listen again to the footsteps of the meadow walker,
the woman who always comes to gather the flowers,
who returns to the still room where you are waiting.”
in her book, LIFER, published in 2012
Unraveling takes a great deal of waiting. Just noting that.
My friend Barry Guthertz and four other photographers had
an opening yesterday at a Gallery in Norwalk and the beauty
blew my mind. Figure of speech, but the deep, dramatic color
of our planet’s places call for that.
I sit here and wonder at seeing color so out of one’s usual realm
and can return to see it again in my mind’s eye. I found this poem
in a book called, “Everything Waits To Be Noticed” and want to
share it with you:
the tallness of a tree
on which to alight,
the promised olive
emerging from the
vast turbulent waters
of God’s disappointment
slowly, too slowly
the released bird
of our headlong hope
pierces the air
in its searching flight.
Yet again it returns
failing to find footing.
Again we revive it,
sing to it of our
yearning for a
and with an absurdly
launch it once more
into the blue air,
probing for possibilities.
The rainbow signified
there would be
no more all-cleaning
so we shall have
to work piecemeal,
make it on our own,
branch at a time.”
……………CAROL A. ARMSTRONG, in her book
of poems, Everything Waits To Be Noticed. 2011
Everything too easy in my dream, and I woke myself up to avoid a sense of having been there, done that.
When I turned on my computer email, I found Joe Riley’s poem for the day.
However, it was the picture accompanying that of an opening book against a clearing sky that held me captive. Took my breath away.
Here’s part of the poem entitled Words:
” The world does not need words. It articulates itself
in sunlight, leaves, and shadows.
And one word transforms it into something less or other …
Yet the stones remain less real to those who cannot
name them, or read the mute syllables graven in silica.
To name is to know and remember.
The sunlight needs no praise piercing the rainclouds,
painting the rocks and leaves with light, then dissolving
each lucent droplet back into the clouds that engendered it.
The daylight needs no praise, and so we praise it always …
greater than ourselves and all the airy words we summon.”
…………….DANA GIOIA, from the book, Interrogations at Noon.
I’d already picked up the book, chosen the poem and headed
for the computer when I glanced at the cover of the book:
DAVID WHYTE, RIVER FLOW New & Selected Poems 1984-2007
Wow, bridging into a new century and moving along. As now in
February, 2014, we seem to be bridging into a new time,
at least weather-wise.
Back to the poem:
THE SEVEN STREAMS
“Come down drenched, at the end of May,
with the cold rain so far into your bones
that nothing will warm you
except your own walking
and let the sun come out at the day’s end
by Slievenaglasha with the rainbows doubling
over Mulloch Mor and see your clothes
steaming in the bright air.
Be a provenance
of something gathered, a summation of
previous intuitions, let your vulnerabilities
walking on the cracked, sliding limestone,
be this time, not a weakness, but a faculty
for understanding, what’s about
Stand above the Seven Streams,
letting the deep down current surface
around you, then branch and branch
as they do, back into the mountain,
and if you were able for that flow,
say the few necessary words
and walk on, broader and cleansed
for having imagined.”
…………..DAVID WHYTE, from the section of that
book of poems, entitiled “Ireland”.
What stays with me, to begin with, is “nothing will warm you except your own walking”. When I begin with that, I know
I will find that flow of my own.
I awoke a short time ago, before the dawn, and as I lay there
just thinking, not yet totally ready to leave the trail end of dreaming,
these words came to me:
……………………. The Sturdy Square That Was. …………………….
Without expectation of any kind, these words scrambled up a series of pictures, each more full of ‘juice‘ as ideas produced a world of countries,
surrounding this simple square country that had no pompous generals, no
imperial rulers, no show-offs of any kind.
I imagined that their greatest product was a fibre made up of all the natural
plants and ores, a green gold silvery tan cloth that was simple and sustainable,
soft yet strong. All the surrounding countrys had wavy borders, long lines of mountains and shores, and yet this one central country was happy with it’s straight and stable shape.
That’s pretty much what held me lying there for about an hour.
I will probably leave it there.
The dawn came, and with it my usual room, familiar walls, sounds from I-95 traffic. Yet, I am sharing this with you for the fun that the imagination can bring to our already-always-thinking.
Maybe one of you has already written this story!
If so, please share it with me. ❤