*** Lack Of Faith. A poem by Anna Kamienska
even when I don’t believe
there is a place in me
inaccessible to unbelief
a patch of wild grace
a stubborn preserve
pain untouched sleeping in the body
music that builds its nest in silence
We don’t realize that we live atop a quagmire of cults. Every gesture, understood rightly, has its roots in some sacred archetype. How much of me is that primeval man yearning for heaven, waiting for some sudden opening of the skies and another, true time, in which everything remains and nothing passes?
*** When I was working in Alaska I learned about an Orthodox church in a Tlingit native village at the foot of the Saint Elias Mountains where one Sunday a large raven transgressed the sanctuary and ate the bread left on the altar. After that the raven began returning every sabbath and the Tlingit figured out just when the raven would come and they made its presence part of their ceremony.
*** Movie of the week: “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” My rating is 2 thumbs up (It’s about Dutch bluegrass musicians and enthusiasts in Holland and a bunch of agonizing tragedies that befall them).
*** Unfinished story of the week: “The Light Bearers,” by Daniel Imburgia. Spring qtr. 1992.
Chapter one, page one:
And so Jesus and Lucifer came together again. There is a new creation, the old worlds have passed away and they beheld together an astonishing new universe. There was no more time to reckon with and no compulsions so Jesus and Lucifer simply sat together in silence.
A star shot past them leaving a multi-colored trail of light. Occasionally a baby would be heard gurgling and laughing. Overhead Lucifer saw two giant solar systems swirling across the blue-black sky. Their trajectories would inevitably result in a massive collision and a tremendous reordering of matter. Lucifer looked at Jesus; Jesus was looking and smiling at a new born baby. Lucifer said: “Always this beauty, and love too, but...” Jesus crossed his lips with his finger. “Shhhh,” Jesus whispered, then he leaned in close to Lucifer and said, “watch this....”
*** On Meet the Press last Sunday I witnessed Rev Franklin Graham praise Vladimir Putin for his state repression of gay people in Russia. Graham called this repression, “Gospel.”
*** “Where your pain is, there your heart lies also.” Anna Kamienska