not a pretty picture. not a good. not a bad. picture. but an argument.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

we meet the new day in prayer


this does not mean that we are dumbly happy
this means that we are aware

it is complicated

14 comments:

  1. steven and ollie, perhaps i should have put modifiers on both prayer and awareness))

    for me, really, prayer is thanks, and awareness, well, that is the work in progress.

    xo
    erin

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  2. the truest prayer is attention to the small details of the world as it happens to become, i believe, and gratitude, yes, for its unfolding -- these things are also love

    this is a beautiful and complicated photo of this beautiful and complicated boy

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  3. Yes, just so. No modifiers necessary.

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  4. beautiful, and so touching. his face, so serious, so concentrated, and yet so open, as if to say - i am ready for everything, let everything come and i am here to welcome it, to feel it, to probe it, to understand and to ask. or not understand and ask.

    Leonard Cohen, in an interview: "Well, I'm bothered when I get up in the morning. My real concern is to discover whether or not I'm in a state of grace. And if I make that investigation, and discover that I'm not in the state of grace, I'm better in bed."

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  5. james, you are right. perhaps this is why i lust for so little, so that i might notice the crow tucking its wings or the unnamed golden trees shining in the sun. with less, my heart is flooded.

    bruce:) you drive me crazy, you know, with your bounty of dialogue. truly, you do realize that you cause me to often want to shake you:) (i'm smiling madly here.) how i want those red walls behind you to bleed; how i want you to break out into song.

    ds, you return me to quiet. just so. just so.

    roxana, he is a very special boy. so often he teaches me.

    oh, leonard cohen. i should find you a link to an interview with a canadian journalist, jian ghomeshi. the interview takes place in leonard's house and rolls on afterwards, after the official taping just a little, jian admitting his fear of death. it is so intimate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugh8Xe6hX7U can i ask, which interview do you refer to?

    and what synchronicity. just yesterday as you wrote of cohen, i bought his son adam's latest cd. his voice is so reminiscent of the younger leonard cohen.

    xo
    erin

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  6. i am reminded of this song and this video, one of the holiest performances, open, raw, vulnerable, that i have ever seen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MDlMdu2gjw

    if this is not prayer...

    xo
    erin

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  7. I don't pray very often lately. I hope whoever is running the universe understands.

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  8. oh thank you! yes, i have just listened to the song, it is indeed holy, tearing -
    i will come back for the rest
    (hug, open, vulnerable)

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  9. i can't find that interview now, but you can find the quote mentioned in this article as well (by the way, it contains a very impressive story, i was totally blown away upon reading it, i would have given anything to be there and to witness him like that, witness that miracle he did then on that stage)

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/music/89715/leonard/?all=1

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  10. birdie, i don't think any one is keeping tabs like this but i do think that when you pray it is noticed (not conversely) in that the universe responds positively to your positivity, or so i hope. and anyway, i don't believe you:) i think you pray by being. you. you, birdie.

    roxana, i am very excited. i love leonard cohen. i'll gobble this up. thank you. (he was my first as far as poetry goes...i stole him from my high school library, tucked him into my shirt, the energy of slaves.)

    xo
    erin

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  11. roxana, i'm speechless. i've just read the article. i think about the years, then and now, and i wonder who is lost and who is found. (and when?) stunning. i am stunned. thank you for that.

    xo
    erin

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"Words at the limit of hearing, attributable to no one, received in the conch of the ear like dew by a leaf." (philippe jaccottet) or even a quiet presence is appreciated))