August 19, 2003

divinely inspired synthesis

Two commentators' offerings came together in my mind today to inspire me. First I read Denise's entry for today over at her blog, Conversations. She quotes 1 John 5:12, "He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life," and then observes that though her life is far from perfect, the Life she has in Christ is, and that's enough.

Then I read the poem, "From Blossoms" my Li-Young Lee here at Garrison Keeler's Writer's Almanac:

From Blossoms

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

Isn't that wonderful? That's exactly how I want to live Life Christ has given me: blissfully ignorant of the death which no longer has a hold on me anyway, "from blossom to blossom to/impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom."


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