Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bring on the rain

It's been raining here all day. Strong, steady rain. Upstate South Carolina has been in a drought for several years now, but it's easing ... and the easing is beautiful and tender.

Life is so dynamic ... yet impermanent. All living beings are barreling toward death like a train with no brakes. We churn past beautiful countrysides, all on the same bittersweet ride. What can you or I do but ride along with everyone else?

I remember walking into a room at a Hospice center knowing that my mom had just recently died. I had left her for a few hours to go home for some sleep and a shower, fully expecting that she'd still be breathing when I returned. My mom was an unusual person, lazy but nonjudgmental, drunken but artistic. Her dead body shocked me. In front of several Hospice nurses, I cried out, "Oh, mom!" It was all I could say. Otherwise, I just cried. For her. For me. For us all. Have we not all cried this way?

Bring on the rain.


Kappa no He said...

I read something, might even be a famous quote. I'm sure I'm getting it wrong:

"This thing in your chest, it's not beating -- it's counting down."

Or something like that.

PS Love the blue-pills-for-the-fingers analogy. Ha!

Jim Melvin said...

Well, I was feeling melancholy, as you might have been able to guess. :)

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