Saturday, November 25, 2006


Cause for Celebration
for Liz, Katrina and **Elijah

Consider, for example, a day full
of fog and confusion, world politics —

Consider, on such a day, the possibility
that love could grow anyplace
on the planet, on Tuesday, in your
life, for instance and quickly
breathe the miracle of it —
her million faces,
how she is loyal past all
logic, how she has endured
the odd collapse of meaning
that is our time on earth —

Consider —
that a woman
raised on a dryland farm in Texas
and a man whose family
fled Eastern Europe
have raised a girl who is
a physician in one of
the finest cities on earth,
a girl who today marries
another girl,
who teaches school
whose family knows
a different journey—
how love is greater than
the distances between us,
and vastly better.

Consider, on your darkest day,
the distances we have all
traveled —
how love, in spite of everything
anyone can to do to confuse it,
brings us to focus
and is in her
or quiet self
for celebration,
for prayer,
for ceremony,
for celebration.

* Photos by Susan Bright.
** The prophet Elijah was a creator and receiver of miracles.

©Susan Bright, 2001

Susan Bright is the author of nineteen books of poetry. She is the editor of Plain View Press which since 1975 has published one-hundred-and-fifty books. Her work as a poet, publisher, activist and educator has taken her all over the United States and abroad. Her most recent book, The Layers of Our Seeing, is a collection of poetry, photographs and essays about peace done in collaboration with photographer Alan Pogue and Middle Eastern journalist, Muna Hamzeh.

The photo of the Golden Gate Bridge was taken from a pier at Fort Baker on the Northeast edge of the bridge, alongside the Bay Area Discovery Museum, a magical place for children and their parents.


What it is About

Earthfamily Principles

Earthfamilyalpha Content II

Earthfamilyalpha Content




Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Susan!!! I always enjoy getting your links to your lovely work, this one moved me particularly.MM

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the dutch have a saying

it means yummy

that is what your poem is today

love is good indeed

3:28 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home