Sunday, March 25, 2012

Witnessed

Today, on the walk into town to church, I witnessed these 2 things: 1) a young man being handcuffed as he was walked across the street by 2 police officers and 2) "Happy Birthday Karen" in pastel sidewalk chalk. Unrelated, but probably both related to students. Two were walking behind me, noticing and commenting on the handcuffing incident, and I turned to ask them about it, but they were just witnesses from afar, like me.

"He came out of the apartments," they said. They had just come out of a CVS under these apartments. Later, closer to church, the birthday greeting was in front of another set of student apartments and visible from a dormitory.

In church I learned of the unrelated deaths of two students on Friday night, found in their residence halls. Heart goes out to their parents, friends, to all affected.

So much heartache, so much trouble. Side by side with so much joy, so much com-passion.

Take a look at this short account of Mather Schneider's book, He Took a Cab, in the new issue of Prick of the Spindle. (I'm the Poetry Cheerleader again.) Then take a look at his book. It's an education in being human.

Ah, and, in church, to celebrate Women's History Month, pastor Susan gave an account of Margaret Sanger, who gave us birth control (Thank you!), and, at Susan's request, I read this poem, "Unauthorized Version," by U. A. Fanthorpe, a New Zealand poet, setting the record straight in the persona of Mary, sister of Martha.

Rose pix taken by my daughter. (Thank you!)

6 comments:

Sandy Longhorn said...

Wow, that was a mixed day. Sending peace to your community and to you. Loved the roses.

nene said...

Life can be careless. Some communities have an abundance of these daily juxtaposition events. Imagining a child waking every day to this type of emotional rollercoaster.

Collagemama said...

Thanks to Margaret Sanger! And thanks for the lovely photos. Roses go with both joy and sadness so well.

Kathleen said...

Thanks to you all for sharing in that mix of feelings, and helping me to imagine the reverberations... The moments of joy and woe and beauty do connect us.

Hannah Stephenson said...

I love your cheerleading. I cheer your cheerleading! Those poems by Schneider were excellent.

Holly from 300 Pounds Down said...

Sounds like a mixed day!

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