• lenten journal: light matters

    by  • March 25, 2017 • grace, kindness, lenten journal, poetry • 3 Comments

    light matters

    I stopped at the sink to rinse out my coffee cup
    at the very instant that the rising sun shot

    anticipatory flames of color from below the horizon,
    igniting the clouds with incendiary hope for just a minute . . . .

    Before I could call you to the window the fire had flattened into
    the familiarity of sunshine—light all around us—not just promises.

    A friend told me about a man whose dog left the yard
    everyday at dusk . . . . one evening he followed,

    and found the hound sitting on a hill watching the sunset.
    He followed again the next day, and the day after that—

    sitting,each night, next to the dog as the fading daylight
    colored itself into the gathering dark. No one said a word.

    And it dawns on me that life is made up of missed moments,
    of unseen sunsets and empty early morning kitchen windows.

    I don’t say that as lament, but to name the grace that offers
    a sunrise and and the kindness of those we can follow.

    Peace,
    Milton

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    3 Responses to lenten journal: light matters

    1. Margaret Dolbow
      March 25, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      I have often been aware of these missed moments.I try to grab them. I think the key is trying to see them before the moment has passed. It doesn’t always happen. Thanks for this reminder….and poem.

    2. Leah King
      March 26, 2017 at 10:15 am

      How fitting for the Epistle Lesson appointed for today. I’ll read it with more understanding than before!

    3. Noralyn Carpenter
      March 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      A dog that watches the sunset. I bet all dogs DO go to heaven!

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