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A Day for Grace

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It has been 12 years since the tragic loss of lives  at Columbine High School, 12 years since the world shifted for me and so many of those I love.


Our world is marred by tragedies and losses that happen everyday, that happen every minute. All we can do is keep on keepin’ on, live our lives the best we can, love the best we can, and, when it is time, let go and remember the best we can.

In Blackwater Woods

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is

nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

—Mary Oliver

I hope that today is a day of peace, of love, and of grace for you and the ones you love.