A week or so ago, during an early morning meditation,
hearing the furnace blow its warmth
as the robin sang his heartsong,
watching snow flakes float and whiten
the new greening grass and purple and saffron crocus,
smelling the pungent perfume of lilies
now wilt and faded with days since gracing Easter’s joy.
Today, Friday, the echoing day of my birth,
when on another Friday, six decades past,
a Good Friday,
new life broke through like Cohen’s crack.
Sun and Moon dictate Easter’s arrival: the first Sunday following the first ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox
a Christian’s most celebrated day
but always foreshadowed by that Friday’s
death and darkness.
Regardless of the day on which my birthday falls,
I always feel the pull of my first birth day
primal as the ocean’s tide in response to the Moon
archetypal in symbol, suffering, surrender,
the promise of celebration.
Born of star dust
from ocean waters
the full moon face of the new born,
then and now.
I was just thinking about spring here in Wisconsin where I’m teaching yoga. It snowed all night here, and the streets are white and quiet and my heart is bursting with spring energy all the same. Beautiful to get your message. Lovely to stay connected.
Thanks for perfectly capturing the paradox, Katharine.
Beautiful reflection. Happy birthday dear friend. Looking ahead to a year of blessing, significance and joy.