Just a brief thought and then a poem tonight.
I was watching the late afternoon sun on the hosta bush today, and I started thinking about light and shadow. Light and shadow are partners, each giving beauty and depth to the other. We tend to fear and revile what we think of as shadow aspects of ourselves, but they are as beautiful as the light... and the enrich the radiance of the light. Or that's what I think.
Two poems to honor E's request.
My reality is of my own makingBut I forget, being human,And wandering in vanished universesBecome confusedSuccumb to momentsInstead of eternitiesBelieve in limitsNot limitlessnessMy reality is of my own makingMoment by momentI create my selfIn shades of light and darkJoy and sorrow -But like an artist blindfoldedRefusing to concede her skillMy reality is of my own makingI sculpt my lifeFrom thoughts and hopes and hidden fearsMolding and remoldingIn search of some as yet unknown perfectionMy reality is of my own makingA play continually in progressEach actor working with a different scriptImprovising as she goes alongTo make the plot more interestingUntil some denouement can be achievedMy reality is of my own makingAlthough I close my eyesAnd try to abnegate my powerIt will not leaveBut like a faithful loverAwaits the ecstasy of mutual embrace.- Katherine E. Rabenau
THE CALLI too am called by inner voicesBut don't know how to answerHaving grown apart from earth and seaYet still there is a longing with the seasonsTo moveTo be released againAnd go unerringLike geese against the skyToward some unknownStronger than dreamsThough woven of themIt is a primal callBut not a wild oneHeavy with the scent of fading flowersAnd after rainAn empty silenceThat longs to be filledWith wind-songs and greennessAnd something lost- Katherine E. Rabenau
Some things I'm grateful for today:
light and shadow
my country - despite its flaws
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!