Just would like to say a big thankyou to you and the choir members who have submitted interesting and entertaining items to the newsletter. I’ve enjoyed doing the quizzes and puzzles and hearing what people are doing to pass the time in lockdown.
I heard a poem last week on the today programme, read by Mishal Husain, on the subject of time and it seemed to me to be appropriate in the challenging and very different times we’re all living in.
I wondered if it would be suitable to share with our members in the newsletter.
"On Time" by Kahlil Gibran
And an Astronomer said, Master what of time?
And he answered:
You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable,
You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and seasons.
Of time you would make a stream upon whose bank you would sit and watch it flowing
Yet the timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness,
And Knows that yesterday is but todays memory and tomorrow is todays dream
And that that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.
Who among you does not feel that his power to love is boundless?
And yet who does not feel that very love, though boundless, encompassed within the centre of his being, and moving not from love thought to love thought, nor from love deeds to other love deeds?
And is not time even as love is, undivided and space less?
But if in your thought you must measure time into seasons, let each season encircle all the other seasons
And let today embrace the past with remembrance and the future with longing.
From The Prophet (Knopf, 1923)
Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931
Stay safe and well