Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter! Celebrate Life!

Yesterday, Pope Francis is reported to have said, in reference to the mystery of Easter, "To enter into the mystery means going beyond our own comfort zone, beyond the laziness and indifference which hold us back, and going out in search of truth, beauty and love." That strikes me as also providing a wonderful key to the mystery of life in a sustainable world. Can we agree to commit ourselves to such a search?

The Pope was not reported as having said anything about the color blue, perhaps because the Easter vigil service started in darkness. So, today's hues of blue are brought to us not by the Pope, but by the bluebird of happiness.

National Poetry Month

Robert Frost's poem doesn't mention blue, but, as I read it, it does pick up nicely on the Pope's theme of "truth, beauty and love." That'll do for me.

butterflies on a tuft of flowers
butterflies on a tuft of flowers
Photo by J. Harrington

The Tuft of Flowers

By Robert Frost 
I went to turn the grass once after one
Who mowed it in the dew before the sun.

The dew was gone that made his blade so keen
Before I came to view the levelled scene.

I looked for him behind an isle of trees;
I listened for his whetstone on the breeze.

But he had gone his way, the grass all mown,
And I must be, as he had been,—alone,

As all must be,' I said within my heart,
Whether they work together or apart.'

But as I said it, swift there passed me by
On noiseless wing a 'wildered butterfly,

Seeking with memories grown dim o'er night
Some resting flower of yesterday's delight.

And once I marked his flight go round and round,
As where some flower lay withering on the ground.

And then he flew as far as eye could see,
And then on tremulous wing came back to me.

I thought of questions that have no reply,
And would have turned to toss the grass to dry;

But he turned first, and led my eye to look
At a tall tuft of flowers beside a brook,

A leaping tongue of bloom the scythe had spared
Beside a reedy brook the scythe had bared.

I left my place to know them by their name,
Finding them butterfly weed when I came.

The mower in the dew had loved them thus,
By leaving them to flourish, not for us,

Nor yet to draw one thought of ours to him.
But from sheer morning gladness at the brim.

The butterfly and I had lit upon,
Nevertheless, a message from the dawn,

That made me hear the wakening birds around,
And hear his long scythe whispering to the ground,

And feel a spirit kindred to my own;
So that henceforth I worked no more alone;

But glad with him, I worked as with his aid,
And weary, sought at noon with him the shade;

And dreaming, as it were, held brotherly speech
With one whose thought I had not hoped to reach.

Men work together,' I told him from the heart,
Whether they work together or apart.' 


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