Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Foiled by sunshine

I have a post I want to write…something about Lent, and loss, and the confusion that comes with missing my Catholic faith, and not finding something that fills me in the same way. But for some reason, I am resistant and the words are not coming. I don’t know if its because my thoughts on the subject haven’t coalesced yet, or because the weather here is wonderful after such a long frozen couple of months and I am flying away from gloom, or just because with TEG on a business trip, I don’t have the state of mind to develop a “deep” post.

So, another day.

In the meantime, here is a haiku that came to mind while on a walk with Madam today.

Curious Madam

Stares downward
Our shadow selves stretched shimmer



Blogger pinkcoyote said...

hi sweetie. you are all you will ever need. you are in there. i promise you. madame needs you to show her how you fill yourself up so she can do it someday, too. please call on me for conversations of a bramblingberrybush nature and support.

big big love, p

2:24 AM, February 22, 2007  
Blogger Ally Bean said...

It's interesting how sunshine sometimes stops the introspective process-- and other times it sends me deep into myself. I say enjoy the light while you have it and let the thoughts flower when and where they will.

Love your haiku.

10:44 AM, February 22, 2007  
Blogger paris parfait said...

Lovely haiku!

2:40 PM, February 22, 2007  
Blogger Jessie said...

i was thinking about you today when i was outside....hoping that you got a chance to be outside too. i have a feeling that a little sunshine and being able to get out more often is going to be great medicine for the winter duldrums. i was imagining you going on long, loooooooooooong walks with madam and being very, VERY happy because of it! :)

8:40 PM, February 22, 2007  
Blogger Sophie said...

lovely haiku and in particular as
i can SEE you walking along with
little miss sunshine...:)

i went to a convent - Irish mother -
etc etc so i understand the loss -


12:37 PM, February 23, 2007  
Blogger melba said...

Lent and Loss...
I like that phrase.
I understand. I got my ashes, but what does it mean? I am not sure I KNOW. I just feel like it is important.

9:07 PM, February 23, 2007  
Blogger Catherine said...

It's always hard to write about confusion - because it's confusing, after all. The words will come, but sometimes it's better to enjoy the sunshine

7:25 PM, February 24, 2007  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

That's such a nice post - the shadow photo says it all really, but then the words add extra flavour. Love the way it stretches out in the last line - like a looong shadow. Beautiful words. A thoughtful meditation!

4:21 PM, February 25, 2007  
Anonymous fern said...

*peeks in*
I hope the spring brings wonderful new life and inspiration to you. I'm sorry we have spoken lately, but you're always in my thoughs..Miss you!

7:31 PM, February 25, 2007  
Anonymous GeL(emerald eyes) said...

vgvIntrospection emerging into lovely poetry.Shadows of faith lingering in your mind or sneaking up on you, shadows of your husband away
but definitely not a shadowy haiku!

7:50 AM, February 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ugh: the "VGV" at the beginning of my preceding comment means nothing. Blogger is ghost typing for me now.-

7:51 AM, February 26, 2007  
Blogger Yummyteece said...

Your haiku makes me giggle. it makes me want to walk in the sunshine, like a little girl, staring wonderously at my own shadow.

Curious Madam is very lucky to have you as a mom!

2:17 PM, February 26, 2007  
Blogger kate said...

I'm so glad that I found your blog (or you found mine, which directed me to yours). January and February are hard in MN. Period. The writing will come when it's ready. Sometimes it's enough just to be thinking about it. (Or that's what I tell myself anyway.) And even though it's still pretty gloomy out there, you've inspired me to think of haikus. That's huge.

7:25 PM, February 26, 2007  
Blogger Frida World said...

I love the image of you flying away from gloom. I love the image of you and Madam out in the sunshine.

I love being back here to have communion with you, to share you thoughts and learn from your questions and savour your wonderful writing.


5:12 AM, February 27, 2007  
Blogger Amber said...

...I have such mixed feelings about loving and missing the Catholic church.

My aunt The Nun tells me it is because I ammmm Catholic, and the Holy Spirit is after me to come home. Whoooo knows? So MANY mixed feelings.

I just am reading Eat Pray Love, and as she talks about Yoga and mediation, I realize I miss those ceremonies of the church-- the candles, the Stations of the Cross...The author made me feel like that was okay. We need these things.


12:09 AM, March 01, 2007  
Blogger Frieda said...

I had this post on my blog about the Lent that I thougth you may like it:

"The world Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon world for spring, which is derived from a verb meaning the Lengthen. Lent is a season of spiritual growth, a time for progressive unfoldment. When we can blend and merge our mind with God-Mind. Fasting means abstaining from; it is abstinence. In the 40 days, we abstain from error thinking and meditate on spiritual Truth. "

1:56 PM, March 18, 2007  

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