Showing posts with label Blessing of Animals. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Blessing of Animals. Show all posts

6/29/09

My Cochins at The Blessing of the Animals





This poem was read at the Blessing of the Animals:

The Swan by Mary Oliver

Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air -
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music - like the rain pelting the trees - like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds -
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

Blessing of the Animals




My neighbor Dorothy invited me to her church for the Blessing of the Animal. There is a gorgeous rooster on the top of the UU Church so I brought my rooster. He was a total star and sang along.

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