Here and There

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return

I heard this poem "Dusting" by Marilyn Nelson on a podcast and was reminded of Ash Wednesday coming and the idea of dust to dust...I had a "nothing to nothing" way of thinking of those words.   After hearing her interview, especially about the dust needed to seed the clouds so that rain can fall, I had a new way of thinking about that dust.  Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return reminded me of the interconnectedness between people and all created things.  Remember that you came from everything and to everything you shall return...In this human form, as this image-of-God-person-being, don't forget your interconnectedness.  

Thank you for these tiny particles of ocean salt, pearl-necklace viruses,
winged protozoans:
for the infinite,
intricate shapes
of submicroscopic
living things.
For algae spores
and fungus spores,
bonded by vital
mutual genetic cooperation,
spreading their
inseparable lives
from equator to pole.
My hand, my arm,
make sweeping circles.
Dust climbs the ladder of light.
For this infernal, endless chore,
for these eternal seeds of rain:
Thank you. For dust.

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