Bleary-eyed, unsteady on his feet, reeking of alcohol and rancid body odour, the dishevelled beggar accosted me near a street-side food kiosk. With one finger pointing to his open mouth, the other hand patting his sunken abdomen, he was saying, "I am starving, give me food, I am too weak...
Words strain,Have you ever listened to someone talk on and on...
Crack and sometimes break, under the burden,
Under the tension, slip, slide, perish,
Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place,
Will not stay still. Shrieking voices
Scolding, mocking, or merely chattering,
Always assail them
-- T. S. Eliot, "Four Quartets, Burnt Norton"
It sounds strange, somewhat on the line between irony and absurdity, to think that people would rather label and judge something as significant as each other but completely bypass a peanut...
World peace is only a dream because people won't allow themselves
and others around them to simply...
"Remember Jesus of Nazareth,
staggering on broken feet out of the tomb toward the Resurrection,
bearing on his body the proud insignia of the defeat which is victory,
the magnificent defeat of the human soul at the hands of God." -- Frederick Buechner in "The Magnificent Defeat"
Easter morning service was exhilarating...