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Now is the Time

The obstacle has scooped

out its soul

the coast is clear

the horizon grey flat


the in-between

devoid of life

the chatty

clatter of empty shells

vacant mussels

on another Normandy

singing pathetic

singing the departed

voices that sound

the same note

against nature

Now is the time

the field is clear

or rather

filled with ghosts


feeling the air

or trying

with senseless


clustered together

fiercely finally


totally deaf

rendered impotent

unto death

Now is the time

what we believe in

has blood

alive coursing

what we believe in

holds clouds

skittering in skies

what we believe in

ranks with

trees in forests

frigid fresh ice

of distant stars

what we believe in

is true

and what we have is this


that we may radiate

exuberance that we

may cartwheel

across universes

like home

and what we have

is audacity

sheer unexpected


ability to act

that comes only

from this vital juice

called life

Now is the time

© Gail Walter 2020

Art: Carlos Quevedo | NeoCristo


If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence. 

George Eliot



I live in hazard and infinity. The cosmos stretches around me, meadow on meadow of galaxies, reach on reach of dark space, steppes of stars, oceanic darkness and light. There is no amenable god in it, no particular concern or particular mercy. Yet everywhere I see a living balance, a rippling of tension, an enormous yet mysterious simplicity, an endless breathing of light. And I comprehend that being is understanding that I must exist in hazard but that the whole is not in hazard. Seeing and knowing this is being conscious; accepting it is being human.

John Fowles, Aristos


“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”

Arundhati Roy

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