How does one belong to one’s own life? Move into one’s skin and call it home? How does one feel good enough to yell out the window while driving very fast and listening to music that is too loud and shout love to the wind? Today is Christmas Eve and I feel today…like I do…
Our Lady of Light
shine your brightness this way
illumine us towards loving kindness
give us the peace and courage to continue
when our challenges seem too many
the sensitive ones, who feel the cries of the world
in their bones
feel sick with worry and with wonder
ask the ancient grandmothers to wrap
their shawls about the bony shoulders of our despair
we want to dance and sing and give thanks
and we do. we feel the Saints dancing with us.
but the weight of suffering presses us,
how can we even do the laundry in peace?
or eat steak and potatoes in bliss
when we know the price? as well as all
the stories. how can it be?
An awakened heart happens
when a person is awakened
through compassion to an awareness
of the collective beauty and suffering