Approaching Ash Wednesday

7 03 2011

“Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return”

Christchurch’s Ash Wednesday
does not need
ambient lighting
and crafted liturgy
and a meditation

there is already dust
(too much dust)
166 reminders of mortality
(and counting)
10, 000 homes condemned to
be demolished:
to return to dust

in this beijing apartment
with friends piled beside me
(Barbara Brown Taylor
Richard Rohr
Parker Palmer
Joan Chittester
John O’Donohue)
i imagine writing
an Ash Wednesday meditation
spare: fasting from flabby prose
each word worthy

wholehearted (return to me
with all your heart)
mortal (remember you are dust
and to dust you shall return)

i stammer
thinking of Christchurch.
of friends.
thinking about this world’s dust:
the dust of disaster
of earthquake
and of fire
drought
flood
famine.

[i do not like dust]

[i am dust]

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2 responses

8 03 2011
Lilian Nattel

((((Jemma))))) heart felt poem. There is an old story that one should walk about the world with a statement in each pocket. In one pocket, “I am dust” and in the other pocket, “the universe was created for me.”

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8 03 2011
Meliors

tears in my eyes, reading this
thank you

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