What today’s poem lacks in length (as if lengthy is necessarily better) it makes up for in depth. Mexican poet and Nobel Prize winner Octavio Paz offers a message that is relevant today, similar to some we’ve heard before and worthy of our attention again.
The difficulties of this pandemic can be as the face of night – dark, unknown, fearful, the bringer of endings. The face of our days are also fraught with challenge as our awake selves are conscious of restrictions and monotony at best, suffering and death at worst. Throughout these hard truths there are also inspirations and transformations interwoven. We are called to be truly awake, to be fully here, to recognize them through the lifeblood of grace that unceasingly pulses in our veins despite our distracted nature.
There will be the other side of this night, even if it fails to mirror the side from whence we’ve come. A new side awaits that in and of itself, because of its current unknown-ness, can also feel night-like. And yet we’re called to be awake, because it is through our awakeness that we may truly experience the graces and gifts that this period of slow-down offers; one such gift, a big one, is living deeply into our shared humanity.
There are gifts that await us. Unexpected and not necessarily made-to-order. But perhaps the best kind…those that the deepest part of us desires.
Love to each of you,