Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Weighing By Jane Hirshfield

I have wondered about how very small, insignificant things in life bring enough joy to compensate for the greatest pain and disappointment. Looking back at the end of the greatest adversity , how and why the good always outweighs the bad.

It takes the luminous words and wisdom of Jane Hirsfield to explain how a scale so unevenly loaded still balances. I find these lines from her poem titled The Weighing from her book October Palace immensely beautiful and inspiring.

The heart's reasons
seen clearly,
even the hardest
will carry

its whip-marks and sadness
and must be forgiven.

So few grains of happiness

measured against all the dark

and still the scales balance.

The world asks of us
only the strength we have and we give it.

Then it asks more, and we give it.

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