zondag 29 januari 2017

GEDICHT: SILENCE by Gunilla Norris

A Poem by Gunilla Norris

Within each of us there is a silence
a silence as vast as a universe.
We are afraid of it…and we long for it.

When we experience that silence, 
we remember who we are: 
creatures of the stars, 
created from the cooling of this planet, 
created from dust and gas, 
created from the elements, 
created from time and space…
created from silence.

In our present culture,
silence is something like an endangered species…
an endangered fundamental.

The experience of silence is now so rare
that we must cultivate it and treasure it.
This is especially true for shared silence.

Sharing silence is, in fact, a political act.
When we can stand aside from the usual and
perceive the fundamental, change begins to happen.
Our lives align with deeper values
and the lives of others are touched and influenced.

Silence brings us back to basics, to our senses,
to our selves. It locates us. Without that return
we can go so far away from our true natures
that we end up, quite literally, beside ourselves.

We live blindly and act thoughtlessly.
We endanger the delicate balance which sustains
our lives, our communities, and our planet.

Each of us can make a difference.
Politicians and visionaries will not return us
to the sacredness of life.

That will be done by ordinary men and women
who together or alone can say,
Remember to breathe,
remember to feel,
remember to care,
let us do this for our children
and ourselves
and our children’s children.

Let us practice for life’s sake.”

Foto: Schoorlse Duinen 12-9-'16 ©
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