• lenten journal: a traveler’s tale

    by  • March 5, 2017 • community, grief, lenten journal • 3 Comments

    While the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it must always be shared. There isn’t any other tale to tell; its the only light we’ve got in this darkness. (James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” quoted in The Art of Time in Fiction: As Long As It Takes 86-7)

    a traveler’s tale

    Christopher Columbus
    didn’t discover a damn thing;
    he simply stumbled on a shore that was new to him.

    To arrive in an already populated place
    makes you a visitor—an immigrant, perhaps . . .
    not a discoverer.

    I stumbled into grief like a clueless explorer.
    Someone was kind to say, What’s new to you is not new.
    All I had discovered was a well-worn path.

    There were oceans of sadness before I shed a tear,
    whole continents of heartache—joy, as well.
    All I can do is learn to belong.

    there are motherless children in every country;
    fatherless folks on every shore. I am lonely only
    if I believe no one knows how I feel.



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    3 Responses to lenten journal: a traveler’s tale

    1. March 5, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      What a beautiful poem …

    2. Margaret Dolbow
      March 6, 2017 at 6:18 am

      Just read Enduring Power by Trayvon Martin’s parents. Grieving parents….they are lending a hand to address the heartache of our continent. Thank you for the words, Milton.

    3. Martha Twaddell
      March 6, 2017 at 8:47 am


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