in the silent moment, all begins and nothing ends

This verse made its way out after President Obama announced
there would be a moment of silence for the victims of the Arizona shooting.

The Wounded Angel by Hugo Simberg

A moment of silence: it honors, is reverent
Yet perhaps now, today, ever-so-slightly irrelevant
In the silence is wisdom, reflection, and prayer
Yet also ambivalence (shrug shoulders) who cares?
A moment so brief and then back to distraction
A fleeting outpouring then default contraction —
The pain may be numbed, the sorrow diminished
Feelings reined in and perfunctory rituals finished
Yet who will sooth say that we’ve earned ourselves closure
By momentarily donning pale masks of civil composure?
Perhaps something different, a more earnest resolution
Might beget quantum leaps in our human evolution

Can we not connect up naked hearts everlasting
For the whole of existence, not simply in passing
Perhaps not a moment but lifetimes instead
To carry flowers to the living, light for the dead
And in place of the silence, the gesture outspoken:
Sweet kisses beyond tender, hugs that transcend the token
A touch beyond custom, a gaze caught, then lingered
Compassion and caring truly wrought, not malingered,
Collective blaming, decrying will not carry us forward
There are steps to be taken – not away from, yet toward
The first is to allow yourself fully to feel
The next to acknowledge your desire to heal,
Soon you let others know in true kindness expressing
That you recognize all that they carry! The blessings,
The pain, the loss, the joys scarcely known
And in their tearful eyes, you see mirrored your own.

In one moment of silence, untold songs can be sung
Words of love embosomed gently on the tips of searching tongues,
Unrestricted weeping melts away the frozen face of fear
And brings new life to barren blooms here, and here and here
Within the silence you will reap new treasures found within

And then you’ll find within the moment,
all begins and nothing ends.

8 comments

  1. Akasa WolfSong

    Rachel…

    I am on my knees…
    Thank You for this message of Love and Divine Light…leading us all towards a better humanity. An outpouring of sentiment we all need to embrace, and I do!
    “There are steps to be taken – not away from, yet toward
    The first is to allow yourself fully to feel
    The next to acknowledge your desire to heal,
    Soon you let others know in true kindness expressing
    That you recognize all that they carry! The blessings,
    The pain, the loss, the joys scarcely known
    And in their tearful eyes, you see mirrored your own.”

    Yes, Yes, and Yes! My heart weeps with this revelation!
    Your thoughts mirror my own Sister of Light! Always!

    In Living and Loving Service to Source…
    Ahmen and Ahwoman!
    May You Be Blessed Richly for this sharing!

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  2. Rachel…Thank you for this…I’m always looking for light on the internet and today I found it here via Stone Soup…I’m asking permission to post it on my blog…Thank you in advance…
    love, light and gratitude…julie

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  3. ram0ram,
    Divine thanks, dear friend across the sea. Love All!

    Akasa WolfSong,
    My heart dances with your recognition, Yes, true Sisters under the skin, united in Living and Loving Service. Love All!

    julie,
    I appreciate your courtesy and invite you to share with others who are seeking light. Love All!

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  4. This is truly a beautiful work!

    “Unrestricted weeping melts away the frozen face of fear”, I’m not sure what you meant, fear melts away when pain is released? But truly, this speaks louder than the few words that lay in front of me. Just speak the word Love, and you’ve described everything that could ever exist.

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  5. Prosper Taylor,

    “What I meant” is not nearly as telling as “what you got.” Sounds to me as though you found perfect meaning in the words.

    I stopped by your blog. What a delight to see a young one so in tune with spirit and so eloquent with expression. Indigo?

    magnolia,

    I am grateful to Akasa for sending you my way. Yes, indeed, how great the possibility that lives in every single moment!

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  6. Hi Rachel ~ I read your Prayer over at Stone-Soup , it’s so beautifully written and thought provoking. I’m passing it on via my blog. Thank-you kindly for allowing us to share your words.

    ~ Be Blessed My Friend ~

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