Thursday, March 6, 2008

The Sugar Jar

There is a sugar jar on the kitchen counter, always there by the stove. All day the spoons dip in, hoping to sweeten what is bitter.
The day is so full, full of all of the things that I've wanted. My days are so full that when the sun goes down, I don't have even a half teaspoon of sugar left to give. Then it's time to fill.
I sit in my studio, lights low, drinking my tea and maybe indulging in one more bag of Cracker Jacks. I look at what I've done and what I want to do tomorrow. I listen to Raising the Fawn and a Rilke poem, Palm. My mind can sit still now. I feel it.
In the morning, the jar will be full of sugar again, ready to sweeten another day.



Palm

Interior of the hand. Sole that has come to walk

only on feelings. That faces upward

and in its mirror

receives heavenly roads, which travel

along themselves.

That has learned to walk upon water

when it scoops,

that walks upon wells,

transfiguring every path.

That steps into other hands,

changes those that are like it

into a landscape:

wanders and arrives within them,

fills them with arrival.


Rainer Maria Rilke


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2 comments:

chiggy said...

Cass--I love that poem. I love to caress my four month old's (Lolo's) palm. It is so soft and so succulent--just like the poem. I like the image of the sugar jar. How have you been? Chiggyz is Edie--your old friend (turning 40 this year).

Tricia said...

what a lovely post!

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