Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin

Minister’s Musings

May, 2015

As the program year at UUCM comes to an end, and we stand at the threshold of the next season of UUCM, I reflect and this Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem comes to mind:

 

Constantly Risking Absurdity (#15)

 

Constantly risking absurdity
                                             and death
            whenever he performs
                                        above the heads
                                                            of his audience
   the poet like an acrobat
                                 climbs on rime
                                          to a high wire of his own making
and balancing on eyebeams
                                     above a sea of faces
             paces his way
                               to the other side of day
    performing entrechats
                               and sleight-of-foot tricks
and other high theatrics
                               and all without mistaking
                                  toward that still higher perch
where Beauty stands and waits
                                     with gravity
                                                to start her death-defying leap

 

      And he
             a little charleychaplin man
                                           who may or may not catch
               her fair eternal form
                                     spreadeagled in the empty air
                  of existence

  

Chip 

 

 

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