more post-WMW thoughts

Thought 1 – We’re all in this together.

Another thing I just remembered from the Women’s March is this phrase that the crowd around me chanted at one point while we were walking:

We’re all in the boat. Keep the boat afloat.

Kinda cheesy with the rhyming there, but it makes a good point. It in turn reminded me of the following poem by Mary Oliver:

Every day I’m still looking for God
and I’m still finding him everywhere,
in the dust, in the flowerbeds.
Certainly in the oceans,
In the islands that lay in the distance
Continents of ice, countries of sand
Each with its own set of creatures
And God, by whatever name.
How perfect to be aboard a ship with
Maybe a hundred years still in my pocket.
But it’s late, for all of us,
And in truth the only ship there is
Is the ship we are all on
Burning the world as we go.

(It also made me think of an essay by Annie Dillard titled “An Expedition to the Pole” from her collection, Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters. I’ll have to re-read that essay soon.)

Poetry, too, can be subversive. And prayer. Speaking of which…

Thought 2 – This quote from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (who marched for civil rights w/ Dr. King and many others at Selma):

We do not know what to pray for. Should we not pray for the ability to be shocked at atrocities committed by man, for the capacity to be dismayed? Prayer should be an act of catharsis or purgation of emotions, as well as a process of self-clarification, of examining priorities, of elucidating responsibility….Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism, and falsehood. The liturgical movement must become a revolutionary movement, seeking to overthrow the forces that continue to destroy the promise, the hope, the vision.

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