Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Thursday, April 18, 2013

On the other side of the cloud

the bud in half bloom
outwaits the cloud
             Mark Nepo


some days
there is a cloud around my heart
a deep ache
a dullness

I think of children dead
of lives shattered
by acts of hate

by people damaged by 
ideologies that nurture
and anger

I see the pictures on the news
read the comments on articles
listen to
the fear soaked
rants of people who trust only in guns

I think of those who have fed that fear
those who lie
or manipulate facts
to perpetuate a culture
where bright young lives are cut short
and women are oppressed
and young girls are molested and victimized
and in despair die

and the cloud descends

and yet, if I give into that heaviness
if I let the cloud
make me believe that I there is no light
no love
no hope

then I become
like those fearful, hateful, power hungry ones
who seem
at times
to have won the day

on the other side of the cloud
the sun shines fiecely
on the other side of hate, love
on the other side of fear, compassion

on the other side of death, life
on the other side of the cross

"no cloud lasts forever
the earth knows this well, and all that grows from it
so does the heart
and everything that grows from it" (Nepo)

Thanks to Mark Nepo and is wonderful "Book of Awakening"  
Short thoughts and meditations that
help me start my day
Highly recommend

1 comment:

  1. Philippians 4 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Epeshians 5 8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10Proving what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatever does make manifest is light.