|Art by Pablo Auladell.|
If sanity is to survive
the tender, shivering soul must be protected
like an amicable affair.
a façade against
an outside, hostile world.
a carapace must be erected:
a marble wall to conceal thought
of social inferiority;
search for the field of light celadon green;
seek the nine daughters of Zeus.
if you capture their aura
you are surely blessed;
for they arise and evaporate
in the flicker of an eye.
search for the daughters of Memory;
accept the gifts they bestow:
imagination, creativity, dreams –
Above all, seek shelter for your soul,
For destiny has condemned mankind to deception.
Thank you, Claire Beynon, for first sharing this poem. That it popped up today suggested I let Ronnie Kerrigan speak for me until I find my own language about shelter, safety, about being vulnerable, fragile and temporary. I hold the miracles of simply being, of being here, in higher regard with each passing moment.