In Counterpoint

The World Has Need of You

                                           everything here                                           

                                        seems to need us

                                                      Rainer Maria Rilke

I can hardly imagine it
as I walk to the lighthouse, feeling the ancient
prayer of my arms swinging
in counterpoint to my feet.
Here I am, suspended
between the sidewalk and twilight,
the sky dimming so fast it seems alive.
What if you felt the invisible
tug between you and everything?
A boy on a bicycle rides by,
his white shirt open, flaring
behind him like wings.
It’s a hard time to be human. We know too much
and too little. Does the breeze need us?
The cliffs? The gulls?
If you’ve managed to do one good thing,
the ocean doesn’t care.
But when Newton’s apple fell toward the earth,
the earth, ever so slightly, fell
toward the apple.

~ By Ellen Bass, from Like a Beggar. Copyright Copper Canyon Press, 2014. Reprinted with permission.

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3 Things That Brightened My Week:

1. This beautiful commercial

Song of the week: Light the Sky by Grace Vanderwaal

2. What a wonderful idea

Curious what you would put forward? I think I’d make one for the smell of coffee in the morning.

3. A Magic Button

Yes, you can click this as many times as you need. I’ve been there too.

It’s been a tough week. Please remember that You. Matter.

You matter so much. The world has need of you – your story, your voice, your ability to invoke change for the better. Be kind to one another.

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