The swirling cosmos with all its rings of angels lives within a drop of rain. Snow, when it feels its purity has grown too grey on earth, withdraws back into the mind that conceived it – a kind of self-forgetfulness. There is one horizon on which both worlds, the creative divine world and the created natural world, meet. And that is the horizon of the human being. The divine, like the continual shining of a sun, never leaves this horizon and nature never withdraws – unless the human being mistreats it. It’s important to remember this harmony. Monumental forces of power and control will try to impose their own self-regulating form on the world. But this harmony of two worlds within the human being is as resilient as the raindrop and elusive as the purity of snow. It can’t be forced or restrained. Like any horizon it needs travelers – people who will not flee in one direction or another when darkness grows close, but who will keep their poise as the hope of both the natural and divine worlds.
The wind and rain are elements again
where deeper times had made them souls who spoke.
Blackbird, chaffinch, have nothing more to say
and angelhood has left them to their tunes.
Now all my faith lies in a quiet book,
which closes on the stars and sweeping dreams.
This book of songs was where my voice rang out
but now it’s silent for another year.
Will you treasure my dreams and keep them safe
in wind and rain and January flight?
Cosmos with successive rings of angels
keeps its post within a drop of rain,
and when the snow feels earth has greyed its light
it thaws in self-forgetfulness again.
But earth and angels, snow and rain entire
have kept their pulse beneath the human skin -
where one lived in the other, flowed away,
a harmony of all sustains its place.
No more forgetting, absent in or out -
two worlds conjoin and winter’s pain grows old.
Best wishes, today,
Picture: Group of Peaks Clearing After Snow, by Huang Gongwang (1269-1354)
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