And To All A Good Night

I think it reveals our wisdom as elders that we did not venture out on this Saturday morning for our usual walk.   It was freezing cold and an icy layer lay hidden beneath the snow.   I had to go out a bit later in the morning to do some errands and the blustering wind was absolutely fierce.  I was so glad to get back inside my house, which made me think how grateful I am to have warm shelter when there are so many who don’t.

As we come to the end of this year, it’s difficult not to be saddened by what’s happening in the world around us and so I say let’s keep doing what we’ve been doing; walking, socializing, looking out for each other, supporting one another, telling each other our stories.  This will be our strength as we walk into the future.

And so along with my wishes of health and happiness to each one of you, I will share a poem that I love.  It is from  Jane Hirshfield’s book of poetry called The October Palace and her poem is called:  The Weighing

The Weighing

Jane Hirshfield – 1953-

The heart’s reasons
seen clearly,
even the hardest
will carry
its whip-marks and sadness
and must be forgiven.

As the drought-starved
eland forgives
the drought-starved lion
who finally takes her,
enters willingly then
the life she cannot refuse,
and is lion, is fed,
and does not remember the other.

So few grains of happiness
measured against all the dark
and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us
only the strength we have and we give it.
Then it asks more, and we give it.

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