Seeking comfort in poetry and music

I haven't had much to say on my blog this week, because I honestly don't know what to say.

There's been so much static and bad news, between people dying in explosions and Illinois residents having to flee their homes because of flood waters and so much other bad news.

I've found comfort in places I didn't really expect: in a poem by former U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, in a classical Christmas song by Morten Lauridsen, and in a long (indoor!) run last night with a good friend.

I thought I'd share the two former things here today, and ask - how do you deal when things seem unbearable?

 

 

Thanks, by W.S. Merwin
Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
smiling by the windows looking out
in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

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