Look Homeward, Angel

Baneful is the shade?

MUSIKANTEN IN TALLINN – Prelude for Voices by William Schuman

“…a stone, a leaf, an unfound door; of a stone, a leaf, a door. And of all the forgotten faces. Naked and alone we came into exile. In her dark womb we did not know our mother’s face; from the prison of her flesh we come into the unspeakable and incommunicable prison of this earth. Which of us has known his brother? Which of us has looked into his father’s heart? Which of us has not remained forever prison-pent? Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone? O waste of loss, in the hot mazes, lost, among bright stars on this most weary unbright cinder, lost! Remembering speechlessly we seek the great forgotten language, the lost lane-end into heaven, a stone, a leaf, an unfound door. Where? When? O lost, and by the wind grieved, ghost, come back again.”

– Thomas Wolfe

“…if it’s painful, you can learn to hold your seat and move closer to that pain.  Reverse the usual pattern, which is to split, to escape.  Go against the grain and hold your seat…if it’s painful, you become willing not just to endure it but also to let it awaken your heart and soften you.  You learn to embrace it.”

~Pema Chodron

Be well, and at peace,

Phil

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One Comment on “Look Homeward, Angel”

  1. contoveros Says:

    This stark reality is an eye-opener. Thank you.

    michael j


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