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Dept. of Light Against the Dark

The Sky is Full of Stars

Most of them we will never know. God alone knows if we'll ever make our way out there. And God alone knows whether we're worthy of getting off this ball of mud, this little jewel.

So here we sit, turning our world to bloody red, dirt grey, despoiling the place, and ourselves, body and soul.  We take pearls, and become swine - or worse than swine, because pigs are pretty damned smart animals, and we, with all our great big brains, are small and petty, dumb in a way that beasts never are, and unworthy of pearls.

And yet.

Somewhere, a father cradles his child and prays he can protect her; a mother hunts for something to make her son's eyes grow big with joy.

Somewhere doctors fight death; somewhere men and women tear aside bomb-broken walls, in death's way themselves, to rescue their fellow human beings.

Somewhere, a girl creates glorious art, a boy makes music that makes peoples' hearts glad.

Somewhere, someone gives up being selfish and cowardly, even as she is frightened to death of being good.

Somewhere, someone is reaching out to her, giving her the strength, because he knows what it's like to take that step.

Somewhere people are cleaning up their messes, and our messes, too, helping the sky stay blue and the earth still verdant.

Somewhere, someone is standing up to a bully, and maybe even reaching into the bully's heart and starting a sea change.

Somewhere, an old man gives wisdom to a young fool, and a young fool gifts the old man with joie de vivre.

Somewhere, one scientist pulls aside the sky of stars and looks into the infinite, while her colleague peers into the microscope and finds the cure for Alzheimer's.

Somewhere, hearts yearn for love, and are rewarded.

It isn't much, against all the death, and filth, and despair.

But perhaps it's not us doing the judging.

We have always excelled at beating the odds, we fearfully arrogant humans. And perhaps, says the woman who isn't even sure one exists, except at the darkest time of year  when she needs one, there's a God out there, forgiving us our arrogance, loving us for it, saying, "Alright, you beloved cheeky monkeys, another year. I can't bear to give you up. I love you."

It's a gift I'll take.

And to all of you magnificent people out there, here's a gift I've proffered before: my riff on "It's A Wonderful Life."






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a_phoenixdragon
Dec. 25th, 2016 06:02 am (UTC)
Blessings to you.

Thank you.

You have once more, reached into my heart through your words and made it warm (even as it ached). You made me smile (even as I tried to keep that damned dust out of my lashes!) And (as always) you have left me so, so glad to be one of those who can be priviledged to call you my friend (my family on days that I dare!) Thank you.

Blessings of the Season upon you - and may you have the Merriest of Christmases !

*hugs you tight, tight*

(Give my love to FB and BB, will you? And be sure to save a goodly portion for yourself. I know it should go without saying...but it should also NEVER go without saying. Love you, dear one.)

Edited at 2016-12-25 06:03 am (UTC)
kaffyr
Dec. 26th, 2016 12:09 am (UTC)
Ah, my dear, thank you for your kind words; I like to remember beauty now and again, and I think this Christmas, this Light Against the Darkmas, it's a particularly important thing.

You have helped me get through this year; you've provided a calming influence (yes, you! Go with it!) on me when I've wanted to rant and rave; you've ranted and raved with me on those occasions when we both needed to roar out at the bad things of the universe. It has brightened my world to know that you are in it - and of course you are family!

I hope your Yule was filled with light, surrounded by your loved ones - and may we see each other again sometime soon!
a_phoenixdragon
Dec. 28th, 2016 10:09 pm (UTC)
It truly is, honey...and thank you for reminding us all! :D

You are lovely...that truly eases my heart and makes me feel good. Bless you for that. I don't feel so good right now (it has been a while actually) and this lightened my feelings immensely! My little family is so much brighter with you, BB, FB and Em in it (fuzzballs included of course!). I hope one day we can. That would truly be a pleasure!

It was a good one. Just what we needed, actually...

*HUGS*
kaffyr
Dec. 29th, 2016 03:29 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry that you haven't been feeling good, but I certainly understand that. I don't think any of us, for big national, and smaller personal reasons, have been feeling much joy lately. Anything we can do for each other to lighten each others' loads is important.

All my love, my dear.
flowsoffire
Dec. 25th, 2016 02:57 pm (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥
kaffyr
Dec. 26th, 2016 12:03 am (UTC)
♥♥♥♥♥ to you, as well - I hope you were able to celebrate in the best way possible!
flowsoffire
Dec. 26th, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks dear :) Same to you!
apostle_of_eris
Dec. 25th, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
Evil scales better than good . . .
99 Reasons Why 2016 Was a Good Year
kaffyr
Dec. 26th, 2016 12:01 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you for that link. These are good things to remember!

Edited at 2016-12-26 12:02 am (UTC)
eaweek
Dec. 26th, 2016 12:58 am (UTC)
Big hugs, thanks for this!
kaffyr
Dec. 26th, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
It was my pleasure - and I hope you had an excellent holiday!
liadtbunny
Dec. 26th, 2016 04:49 pm (UTC)
Aw, a lovely post <3
kaffyr
Dec. 27th, 2016 05:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you. As a not-quite believer there are some holidays that are in truth, to me at least, holy days, and this was one of them. Or perhaps I should say there are seasons that are holy, and this one, at the turn of the year, is one of them. I hope your particular holy day, or holy season, has been a good one.
liadtbunny
Dec. 29th, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
It has been thank you:)
nucleosides
Dec. 27th, 2016 02:56 pm (UTC)

kaffyr
Dec. 27th, 2016 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you - and I hope your holiday was a good one, peopled with family, and filled with peace.
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