“Those who were seen dancing
Were thought to be insane by those
Who could not hear the music.” Nietsche
Palm Sunday Tango
Our cocked ears strain toward a not-so-distant future
To catch the first notes of an untamed Lindy Hop.
But now we dance a mournful marathon not of our making,
Dragging our weary bodies and souls behind us, waiting to hear
The last dreadful note.
We will dance with abandon
When the Lindy notes sound at last,
But in this time between we endure,
Faithful to the dance we hear now.
We learn the steps as we go,
Leaning against one another,
Hanging on, cheering on, crying with.
Tomorrow’s dance is for tomorrow.
Today we dance to the music we hear today-
c. Rita H Kowats 3/27/2021
*I am deeply moved by this post https://www.ritualwell.org/ritual/mourning-dancing
by Joyce Rupp
proclaiming the memory
of your path to Calvary.
with somber voices
making all the appropriate
pauses and inflections.
But what I remember
is the Calvary
whose body odor
invaded my space,
surely mentally challenged.
The three men
went on and on and on
with their words
telling the history
of your suffering.
I found you
not in their stiff words
but next to me,
a man still bearing
the heavy cross of loneliness and rejection
Photo credit: HuffingtonPost.com
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/st-boniface-church-san-francisco_n_2592275.html “St. Boniface Church In San Francisco Lets Homeless People Sleep In Pews”
As we move through the rituals of Holy Week this meditation from Eckhart Tolle in Stillness Speaks is a rich companion.
“When you walk into a forest that has not been tamed and interfered with by humans, you will not only see abundant life all around you, but you will also encounter fallen trees and decaying trunks, rotting leaves and decomposing matter at every step. Wherever you look, you will find death as well as life.
Upon closer scrutiny, however, you will discover that the decomposing tree trunk and rotting leaves not only give birth to new life, but are full of life themselves. Microorganisms are at work. Molecules are rearranging themselves. So death isn’t to be found anywhere. There is only the metamorphosis of life forms. What can you learn from this…?
If you can learn to accept and even welcome the endings in your life, you may find that the feeling of emptiness that initially felt uncomfortable turns into a sense of spaciousness that is deeply peaceful.
By learning to die daily in this way, you open yourself to Life….
Whenever death occurs, whenever a life form dissolves, God, the formless and unmanifested, shines through the opening left by the dissolving form. That is why the most sacred thing in life is death. That is why the peace of God can come to you through the contemplation and acceptance of death.”
Photo: Meadowlake Beach County Park, Lynnwood WA USA