The Human Condition

If you are looking for a great way to start the day have a look at Fr. Austin's homily for yesterday here at A Concord Pastor comments.

It's a great prayer that identifies the good intentions but woefully poor performance of the human condition
and then as Fr Austin says, "invites God to come in
and make the changes we seem unable to make on our own"..

I discovered these poems which seem to go well with the theme too. 



A Contribution to Statistics 



Out of a hundred people
those who always know better
-- fifty-two


doubting every step
-- nearly all the rest,


glad to lend a hand
if it doesn't take too long
-- as high as forty-nine,


always good
because they can't be otherwise
-- four, well maybe five,



able to admire without envy
-- eighteen,



suffering illusions
induced by fleeting youth
-- sixty, give or take a few,



not to be taken lightly
-- forty and four,



living in constant fear
of someone or something
-- seventy-seven,



capable of happiness
-- twenty-something tops,



harmless singly, savage in crowds
-- half at least,


cruel
when forced by circumstances
-- better not to know
even ballpark figures,


wise after the fact
-- just a couple more
than wise before it,


taking only things from life
-- thirty


 

(I wish I were wrong),
hunched in pain,
no flashlight in the dark
-- eighty-three






sooner or later,
righteous
-- thirty-five, which is a lot,


righteous
and understanding
-- three,


worthy of compassion
-- ninety-nine,


mortal
-- a hundred out of a hundred.






Thus far this figure still remains unchanged.


~ Wislawa Szymborska ~
(Poems: New and Selected, trans. by S. Baranczak and C. Cavanagh)
  
Love Should Grow Up Like a Wild Iris in the Fields 

Love should grow up like a wild iris in the fields,
unexpected, after a terrible storm, opening a purple
mouth to the rain, with not a thought to the future,
ignorant of the grass and the graveyard of leaves
around, forgetting its own beginning.
Love should grow like a wild iris
but does not.

Love more often is to be found in kitchens at the dinner hour,
tired out and hungry, lingers over tables in houses where
the walls record movements, while the cook is probably angry,
and the ingredients of the meal are budgeted, while
a child cries feed me now and her mother not quite
hysterical says over and over, wait just a bit, just a bit,
love should grow up in the fields like a wild iris
but never does
really startle anyone, was to be expected, was to be
predicted, is almost absurd, goes on from day to day, not quite
blindly, gets taken to the cleaners every fall, sings old
songs over and over, and falls on the same piece of rug that
never gets tacked down, gives up, wants to hide, is not
brave, knows too much, is not like an
iris growing wild but more like
staring into space
in the street
not quite sure
which door it was, annoyed about the sidewalk being
slippery, trying all the doors, thinking
if love wished the world to be well, it would be well.

Love should
grow up like a wild iris, but doesn't, it comes from
the midst of everything else, sees like the iris
of an eye, when the light is right,
feels in blindness and when there is nothing else is
tender, blinks, and opens
face up to the skies.
~ Susan Griffin ~
(Like the Iris of an Eye)

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