September 18th, 2008

Ponderings this AM

When will the World End?
The World is Ending!
I hear it any given day
For the person who steps off the curb
at the wrong time
Unlooking and unheeding
The world ends that day, that minute
And never seeing their loved ones again
Nor their loved ones seeing them
Multiple worlds end that day

-Lance Foster, 18 Sep 2008

Well I lost my house some years ago, several jobs and careers, many friends, and things I cannot (will not) speak of in a public forum yet more dear than all those other things. I laugh and joke with my good friend and traveling companion Hugh Briss. The older you get, the more you realize it is all illusion anyways.

I have two things that help me in this Plain of Megiddo, of scorpions and snakes, that is my dwelling place...the writings of Qoheleth of Ecclesiastes (for all is vanity ultimately, yet do not despair but enjoy the DAY (the hour and minute and breath) that God has given you! Some people see Ecclesiastes as a downer, but I see it as really very joyful and an antidote to Hugh Briss :-)

And my alltime favorite, an Old Inuit song:

I think over again
My small adventures, my fears.
The small ones that seemed so big,
For all the vital things I had to get and to reach.
And yet there is only one great thing, the only thing:
To live to see the great day that dawns,
And the light that fills the world.