Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thanks, Maya

While this blog was started as a means of sharing teaching thoughts and ideas, it has evolved into a a place where I share a lot of thoughts and ideas about living - in today's world.  Lots of days it's the technology or the tests that capture my thoughts.  Today, I am humbled by thoughts of the fragility of human life and the need to embrace and acknowledge our friends and family. I am grateful for  family, friends and faith - especially on the tough days of our lives - in whatever century we are living.

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
gnaws on kind words
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.” ―
Maya Angelou

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