Cobbles – Oct 1995

October 1995

I am looking after an elderly man for a few hours, giving him his evening
meal, getting him ready for the night – all while his mind is seemingly
absent.

His wife shared some of his and their life stories with me, the other week.

Sitting with him for a while, before I go, in the drawer of his bed side
table, I find one single book, a worn copy of extracts from the
Upanishads.

……………There is a Light that shines beyond all things on earth,
……………Beyond us all,
……………Beyond the heavens,
……………Beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. *

Walking back to my rented bed-sit, over the cobbles of the old town, through
a dark but mild October night, a quiet, deep joy about the find is still
with me.

……………………………Shimmering cobbles,
……………………………Curtains drawn against
……………………………Orange lights.

Certain moments in a life, and they need not be particularly significant,
can compensate for so much in this life, give meaning to it. **

……………This is the Light that shines in our heart. ***

*Chandogya Upanishad, 3.13.7-8
**James Baldwin, Afro-American writer, 1924 -1987
***Upanishad, ibid.

first published by World Haiku Review online, ca. 2002

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~ by Barbara S on February 2, 2013.

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