Sunday, October 24, 2010

Another Everyday Poem - October 23, 2010

Every day I consider the lilies-how they are dressed-

And the raven-how they are fed-and how each of these is a miracle

Of Lord-love and of sorrow-for the lilies in their bright dresses

Cannot last but wrinkle fast and fall, and the little ravens

In their windy nest rise up in such pleasure at the sight

Of fresh meat that makes their lives sweet-

And what a puzzle it is that such brevity-

The lavish clothes,

The ruddy food-

Makes the world

So full, so good.

I have spoken of this before in this blog, of my very first sermon ever preached was, “Consider the Lilies.” There is death in that part of the scriptures, for at one point, the parable speaks of how humans throw the grasses into the oven. We are the ones who strip the dresses from the innocent, we are the ravens who look for that which we can raid and kill for our own sustenance, and then some. O Lord, how am I to love all this?

I am on a Zen Buddhist silent retreat this weekend. Perhaps I shall not ask or answer this question, but somewhere in the silence, just love what is.

May it be so.

Will you share a breathe in and out of silence with me today, so that we may hear the dark birds calling and the wind in the grasses?

1 comment:

  1. I sure did. I'm posting this late is why the past tense. In fact, I took many breaths in silence and reverence.