Afternoon Ink

25 June 2023

Sifting through scraps of paper I sometimes keep because of clever wording of a thought or saying I’ve read or heard, I found one in particular that had me imagining brothers and sisters bent into curving lines and shadows. “When the world doesn’t listen, be the one who does.”

Thousands, maybe millions exist, slumping in their seats – institutional chairs, trash piles, curbsides or dark corners of hostile rooms. All discarded amid the noise, popularity, celebrity. Many more just without any space to curl into. Others, I’ve passed at random moments with angst during my lifetime on deaf streets in Manhattan and Milan. And today, not having witnessed Mumbai, Mogadishu, or Mosul, would I still have the strength of heart to look, limit my thoughts and just… listen?

By jjillgallery

Quietly seeking to meet Trust wherever Life leads, I understand service as key to gratitude and balance. Freshwater woodlands evoke the most serenity in me wherever they're found. I've shared space & time on terrain of my Ligurian and Oscan ancestors, feeling their souls guiding me, especially in silent contemplation. Today, after over thirty years of engagement in programs for children, secondary, university and adult learning, the gifts life brings on Long Island's Matinecock-Algonquin earth, I try to give & receive with grace.

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