Archive | March 2017

I know, I know!!!

I know, I know, I should have had a blog reflection out on another book by now!  I dont want to make excuses but the book I want to write about is very very big, approx 700 pages of the smallest type you can imagine,  and its taking me quite a long time to get through it.  Not that it isn’t beautifully written but it’s about being human, involving some incredible beauty but also some terrible ugliness and evil (there is no other word for it).  I want to do justice to it, and its characters, particularly Jude, and so there is a delay.  The book is called “A little life”, but it is so much more than about a little life.

Anyway in the meantime let me share a beautiful poem I came across from Mary Oliver.  Maybe this says something about the book at well.  We might expect miracles, but when we look closely, we find that love and kindness are the greatest of miracles…

In the Storm

Some black ducks
were shrugged up
on the shore.
It was snowing

hard, from the east,
and the sea
was in disorder.
Then some sanderlings,

five inches long
with beaks like wire,
flew in,
snowflakes on their backs,

and settled
in a row
behind the ducks—
whose backs were also

covered with snow—
so close
they were all but touching,
they were all but under

the roof of the ducks’ tails,
so the wind, pretty much,
blew over them.
They stayed that way, motionless,

for maybe an hour,
then the sanderlings,
each a handful of feathers,
shifted, and were blown away

out over the water,
which was still raging.
But, somehow,
they came back

and again the ducks,
like a feathered hedge,
let them
stoop there, and live.

If someone you didn’t know
told you this,
as I am telling you this,
would you believe it?

Belief isn’t always easy.
But this much I have learned,
if not enough else—
to live with my eyes open.

I know what everyone wants
is a miracle.
This wasn’t a miracle.
Unless, of course, kindness—

as now and again
some rare person has suggested—
is a miracle.
As surely it is.

Mary Oliver


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