Thursday, January 13, 2011

for Christina Taylor Green on the day of her funeral service




The Child-Angel
     -by Rabindranath Tagore

They clamour and fight, they doubt and despair, they know no end
to their wrangling.
Let your life come amongst them like a flame of light, my
child, unflickering and pure, and delight them into silence.
They are cruel in their greed and their envy, their words are like
hidden knives thirsting for blood.
Go and stand amidst their scowling hearts, my child, and let
your gentle eyes fall upon them like the forgiving peace of the
evening over the strife of the day.
Let them see your face, my child, and thus know the meaning
of all things; let them love you and thus love each other.
Come and take your seat in the bosom of the limitless, my
child. At sunrise open and raise your heart like a blossoming
flower, and at sunset bend your head and in silence complete the
worship of the day.



Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) Indian poet, playwright and essayist;
won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913.





This is Number Nine in a randomly-posted, continuing series of quotes by Tagore. 
Everything he wrote is golden.





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8 comments:

mythopolis said...

I feel just some small part of a collective heartache when contemplating this.

Kim said...

Beautiful words for a beautiful soul.

kathew said...

to think of what this young woman could have given the world...it's so painfully sad. Wonderful post. Thank you.

Stickup Artist said...

Hi. I came over from Roxana's blog because you made reference to the horrible tragedy in Tucson. I have not found words to express my sadness or even strength to muster much hope, yet. But am comforted to find ways that others have found to express their thoughts and share their expressions. It's a shame we didn't connect with a different backdrop, but I admire your reflective and sensitive post.

CHERYL CRAMER BRIARD said...

Beautiful words for the angel child, we will remember her with reverence and hope, someday we will all get along. Thank you Lydia.

Lydia said...

mythopolis~ Wow, beautifully expressed.

Kim~ That she was...is.

kathew~ You made such a powerful point. It is hard to know what we lost but I too think her future would have been good for many.

Stickup Artist~ I so appreciate your visit, expression of common sorrow, and your kind words. Wonderful to "meet" you under such sad conditions.

Cheryl~ Yes, Cheryl, we will remember her, and I so hope you are right about the future. Thank you for being here.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

So sweet words, a very powerful text. Hugs

Anonymous said...

There is another one like Christina Taylor Green: Scott Calvin Dieter, the Angel of Copley, Ohio. Dieter was born in Russia and he was the adoptive son of a former United States Army Captain Craig Brian Eric and Beth Ann (Laufer) Dieter. The gunman of Dieter was shot dead by Ben (never "Benjamin") A. Campbell. Campbell said, "I am not a hero, I am just a policeman."

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