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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Beautiful People

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
                                                                         Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The sun rising over the Devils
Casting its gold among the trees
That is beauty

The bright blue of an Oregon sky
On a spring day!
That is beauty

The smile of a child
The smooth white, gold, brown, black, olive skin of youth
That is beauty

Eyes that sparkle with life and joy
That is beauty

So too
The face of one who is dealing with cancer
Where compassion and love still live

So too
The face of one who has dealt with loss
A death, a failure
Where hope and acceptance still appear

Some beauty doesn’t just happen
It is made
Forged out of life

It is found in wrinkles
and tears
in gnarled hands
in bodies deformed by cancer, and accident, and age

it is found in hard earned wisdom
and in compassion and patience

and we know it
when we see it

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