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The alarm had sounded mid-dream.
And I could have lost minutes,
though it seemed like light years.

The sun that shines in warmly now—
through the blinds of the southern window,
onto the ledge where the cat is curled,
and by the door downstairs,
by sun-puddles, deep enough for wading—
remained absent from our curtained bedroom.

first published in Right Hand Pointing

“Some people live long lives, some die very young. Is a long life better than a short life? What truly counts is not the length of our lives but their quality. Jesus was in his early thirties when he was killed. Thérése de Lisieux was in her twenties when she died. Anne Frank was a teenager when she lost her life. But their short lives continue to bear fruit long after their deaths.
A long life is a blessing when it is well lived and leads to gratitude, wisdom, and sanctity. But some people can live truly full lives even when their years are few. As we see so many young people die of cancer and AIDS let us do everything possible to show our friends that, though their lives may be short, they are of infinite value.”

Question from Helen: So do you see why I categorize this under “against racism, poverty, and war”?

March 2007
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