That rare and perfect tomorrow….

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Monuments surrounded by snow and puddles in Markian Shashkevych Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba on this overcast “spring?” weekend in mid April. Definitely not an ordinary spring, here….or a perfect tomorrow….but nevertheless….hopefully for many it is just another normal day……

“A normal day! Holding it in my hand this one last moment, I have come to see it as more than an ordinary rock. It is a gem, a jewel. In time of war, in peril of death, people have dug their hands and faces into the earth and remembered this. In time of sickness and pain, people have buried their faces in pillows and wept for this. In time of loneliness and separation, people have stretched themselves taut and waited for this. In time of hunger, homelessness, and want, people have raised bony hands to the skies and stayed alive for this…

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky, and want more than all the world your return. And then I will know what now I am guessing: that you are, indeed, a common rock and not a jewel, but that a common rock made of the very mass substance of the earth in all its strength and plenty puts a gem to shame.” – Mary Jean Irion.

Irion (1922-) is an American poet and essayist. The above excerpt is from an essay she wrote, ‘Let Me Hold You While I May’ one of many in Yes world: A Mosaic of Meditation published by R.W. Baron Publishing in 1970.

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