Wednesday, December 28, 2011

its terrible beauty

you'd need
to know the very real
gap between what is
and what you wish for
to know the truth
of the word

and then also
you would need
to spend some time
living inside that word
to come to know
and value
its terrible beauty


Reya Mellicker said...

I doubt you could find very many people who haven't lived within that paradigm, hey?

You know how I always ask "What is a mistake?" My brilliant friend Martha Mountain (her real name) said "It's when you don't learn anything."

To come to know and value its terrible beauty means there has been no mistake.

C'est la vie. Oh yeah.

erin said...

i hear you and i feel you and i often speak this and then i remind myself of our luxury. always, our luxury. it is true we each know suffering but when we have the luxury of a safe body or the luxury of food or housing, it becomes something new, doesn't it? i can not say my suffering is the same as the woman around the world beaten for being a woman or the children who starves.

((i say this mostly to remind myself for i do, steven, believe of the truth in the value of suffering.))


The Weaver of Grass said...

Someone once said you should be careful what you wish for because you just might get it - can't remember who it was but there is an element of truth in it, isn't there?

steven said...

reya - it's like a way of thinking . . . . wow i really appreciate your thinking!!! steven

steven said...

luxury - yes erin - deep rich luxuries that arrive sometimes unbidden and sometimes after long wishing that evolves into a dream and then into hope. steven

steven said...

yes weaver - wishing's a place to begin but not to end. steven