A poem by James Wright Copied from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46481/a-blessing
Because it is the beginning of my thought:
Just off the highway to Rochester, Minnesota,
Twilight bounds softly forth on the grass.
And the eyes of those two Indian ponies
Darken with kindness.
They have come gladly out of the willows
To welcome my friend and me.
We step over the barbed wire into the pasture
Where they have been grazing all day, alone.
They ripple tensely, they can hardly contain their happiness
That we have come.
They bow shyly as wet swans. They love each other.
There is no loneliness like theirs.
At home once more,
They begin munching the young tufts of spring in the darkness.
I would like to hold the slenderer one in my arms,
For she has walked over to me
And nuzzled my left hand.
She is black and white,
Her mane falls wild on her forehead,
And the light breeze moves me to caress her long ear
That is delicate as the skin over a girl’s wrist.
Suddenly I realize
That if I stepped out of my body I would break
end poem by James Wright
Begin My Thoughts
Feel something. I get what Wright means here and connect to a sense that something has connected to me and made me more than my mind. It has made me reach out with my “heart”.
Do you know what I mean? To connect as if you might step out of your body you would break into blossom.
Great art connects that way. It brings us out of our bodies and breaks into blossom. It enables a connection to something beyond. Beyond what can be touched? I don’t know. But it needs to feel real. It needs to enable us to feel in a way that we did not feel before.
It is the end of the first Shabbos of our aliyah, and if you are reading this, thank you. I don’t think this poem or this thought of coming alive connects specifically to aliyah. Rather I feel that aliyah connects to it.
A new adventure is beginning and I feel that awakening to feel “a blessing” is an invitation from me to myself to feel more and key into everything around me. In a new experience, it feels easier to be aware and open to these invitations to feel. I do not think it is unique to travel, but travel helps.
I encourage you who are reading this to find time for this awakening. Find what enables you to feel a little more alive. Or put time aside to find it. I don’t think it should be something you try to do. Rather it is something you allow to happen. It is as if the world is waiting for you to let it in, and all you have to do is to breath and allow it.
I have almost nothing from mine, and if they had left some wisdom for me, I would be glad to have it. So I will take this moment to share with you.
I have been grateful to be in a position where other people drive me places. It has been one of the greatest things I have done this year (2017). Midway through this year, I parked my car and began taking buses and trains to work. This also lead me to walk much more and gave me a great deal more time to think, to listen to books, watch movies, and many other things that have given me great pleasure and set a mood of greater inner peace. I wish this all for you.
I do not know what future devices will distract you from the simple pleasures of a cold wind on your face in winter, an unexpected friend who slows to offer you a ride, or simply the joy of being lost in thought as you walk from one place to another. But I wish all of these things for you. I wish you joy, good health and freedom from all sorrow.