Sunday, February 13, 2011

Then It's OK

You Were Expecting maybe . . . an...

A  L  O  H  A  !? 

Ha!  Ha!

"Those who dwell among the beauties
 and mysteries
 of the earth
 are never alone
 or weary of life."

Rachel Carson

"Youth & Age"

"Old age has its pleasures, 
which, though different,
 are not less than the pleasures of youth."

W. Somerset Maugham 

“To stand at the edge of the sea, 

to sense the ebb and flow of the tides. . .

 to watch the flight of shore birds

 that have swept up and down the surf lines

 of the continents for untold thousands of years. . .

is to have knowledge of things

 that are as nearly eternal

 as any earthly life can be.”

 Rachel Carson 



What a big word.

or "Never;"

Never Again:

That is eternity.

A few years back
my dad gave me copy
of an old sepia photograph.

The people in the picture
wear antique clothing,
early 20th Century
I guess.
 It was taken
around a hundred years

Sticky notes identify the people
 in dad's illegible handwriting.

But I know that these
are my ancestors:
Grandparents, uncles;
huddled masses
looking determined.

They are part of me;
of dad and me,
and they always will be
though they are long gone.

Ancestors belong in old photographs.
The inevitability of that
rests easy on our minds.

Until the man who gave me the photo
is no longer here
to give anything

Then 'inevitability'
and 'eternity'
begin to hurt deeply.

They have become more
than words.

They are an awe-ful truth.

Before you CLICK AWAY

I recently heard this story from my Mom.

She is still in touch
with the widow
of the couple my parents
were closest to.

We'll call them Cheyl & Herb.

Well Cheryl went to a psychic.

And yes,
Herb came through.

He was very happy.

"We're having a wonderful time!"
He told his wife.

"Milt (my dad) is here
and we're laughing
all the time."

So throw your head back
and join me in a laugh
at all that scares us!

Today we are all Egyptians!

Today we all throw off
the yoke of fear!

Whatever it is:

                 Laugh At IT!   fondly, cloudia