Thursday, November 26, 2015

Those Who Bow Their Heads

Photo: (c) Jamie K. Reaser

I too want to keep the company of those
who bow their heads. What is our
purpose if it is not attentiveness
and gratitude? Let us have allegiances
with that which breaks us open and
that which makes us whole.

Have you noticed how the light finds
you, but always gives you over to the
darkness so that you can see what is
really there to see? Listen to the voices
around you, I have begged, how they tell
you about humanity in gestures. Your
humanity, theirs, mine, ours. How much
of it we have neglected out of neglect of
this generous world. I want to comfort
this place with a million utterances of,

“Thank you!”

Let me find other words too, always, and
walk with reciprocity in my step. Always.
If we were having dinner together tonight,
I’d say something simple like:

“There is food on the plate.
Lives have made it so.”

That’s plenty of reason, certainly you
agree, to bow our heads in attentiveness
and in gratitude.

“Thank you!”

“Thank you!”

© 2015-2017/Jamie K. Reaser
From "Conversations with Mary" (a work in progress)
To be published by Talking Waters Press

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