Born of a Star (Advent/Winter Solstice) …

Return to the darkness, return
this longest night of wonder

Return to the dream, return
this holy night to ponder
Deep in the night, listen

Turn to the light
waken, waken
Deep in the night turn to the light
Waken to Sun’s ancient summons ~

we who are born of a star
who then are we?
we who are loved by a star
who then love we?

We who are born of a star
who then are we?
— Carolyn McDade from We Are the Land We Sing

Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road — Only wakes upon the sea.
— Antonio Machado from Campos de Castilla trans. Betty Jean Craige in Selected Poems of Antonio Machado

It Is Enough

To know that the atoms
of my body
will remain

to think of them rising
through the roots of a great oak
to live in
leaves, branches, twigs

perhaps to feed the
crimson peony
the blue iris
the broccoli

or rest on water
freeze and thaw
with the seasons

some atoms might become a
bit of fluff on the wing
of a chickadee
to feel the breeze
know the support of air

and some might drift
up and up into space
star dust returning from

whence it came
it is enough to know that
as long as there is a universe
I am a part of it.
— “It Is Enough” by Anne Alexander Bingham

The Old Closeness

The old closeness returned
last evening.
The solitude of dusk,
the beautiful gasp of sky,
the power of the full moon,
each one embraced me.

I sat in stillness,
held close in the cleavage
of evening,
resting my longing
on her gentle bosom.

Always in those moments
I am at peace,
freed from my bones,
at one with a home
far, far away,
yet eternally close.

Who said transfiguration
is only in the scriptures?
Who said we are only
what we can prove?

They are wrong
if they speak of such things.
Last night I could prove
but I knew
— from The Cosmic Dance: An Invitation to Experience Our Oneness
by Joyce Rupp

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