Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sometimes the Poets Say It Best, Again

January 20, 2017
Icebergs, Ilulissat

In blue-green air and water God
you have come back for us, 
to our fiberglass boat.

You have come back for us, and I’m afraid.
(But you never left.)

Great sadness at harms.
But nothing that comes now, after, 
can be like before.

Even when the icebergs are gone, and the millions of suns

have burnt themselves out of your arms, 

your arms of burnt air,
you are with us
whoever we are then.

by Jean Valentine
painting above by Caspar David Friedrich


  1. The birds are singing this morning.
    They must know something.
    The old truism, nothing new under the sun, is wrong.
    Buddha's last word's were, "All things pass away. Strive on."

  2. Check out Valerie Kaur's blog. She is human right layer, pastor, and more..she says " maybe this darkness is not the tomb, but the womb. Our country is being reborn." Her speech can be found online. This has given me much hope on this day of sadness.

  3. Beautiful poetry Pamela. Thinking of you all today.

  4. Thank you, Pamela.

  5. And now we wait to see how long it will take for him to be charged with corruption and impeached. I think you would like what Patton Oswalt had to say on his facebook page on 1/19.

  6. Melting iceberg imagery is all the more relevant now.


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