Sampling of Blessings and Ritual Responses to COVID-19

measure/less
by: devon spierhearts halt
eyes dry out
stomachs lose legs
to stand onand mouths ache
for words that will not come

and as the
the motions appear motionless

making your self
something to eat
is revealed to be
the kindness your soul starvingly seeks

oh
go on
make your soul a
Sandwich

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else/where/here
by: devon spier

because

my life
comprises
deaths
i have found
in my one life
many
lives
and first
throughout
concurrent
Death
entering
weighing
but i
i am no longer waiting
i am no longer grabbing hold of
head on
i am
colliding
out of my head
narrowly
Elsewhere
straight into
Life

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place/Space
by: devon spier

i am changing

the hard place
said to the rock

and the narrowness
crept and wept
between them

until all you could
smell and see
for miles
as a red heart
pumping sea

were cascades of cherry blossoms

there are spaces
we don’t know about
until we know
we don’t know
we have them

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you look to the sky
to dispense the truthor the sunniest day human
closely resembling itshining on and on and on and on

and yet

there are

hummingbird people singing tunes so mysterious

you should really listen in

because there is no cloud or star no vista more sublime

than the beauty that is most familiar to us

that which we do not call beauty

but is in fact the only

Truth

in the universe

at all

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on the eve of reverence
by: devon spierirreverentto occupy
and make use of
a time of anger
while in the
pulse
of a dream

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for days
all
attitude
and
no
gratitude-
my gratitude practice

isn’t

-thankfully but deceptively painting over
my gratitude practice

is

truthfully and acceptingly paying attention

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self/quarantine
by: devon spiermy body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says
my body is not the shit someone else says

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morning/mourning
by: devon spierand perhaps
all the grace
is not locked away
in Graceland

or some kind of guarded kingdom or glorified
Heaven

(and how can one help but feel each one sounds a prison?)

but perhaps
grace is
in the gracelessness of
unspecial hours and days

and each of us
how unremarkable!
who deign to take a breath in the morning knowing full well
we are not g-d

we once were
of course
but that we before
we discovered
the truest mourning
and learned
what it means to get up

give up
locked
unlocked
to live

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power waits
but
rightness actslet us collectively
unsettle ourselves
at the feet of othersand let us the standing
sit now

for the Spirit of
holy disruption
at last
has come

to move and change us all

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sickness has forced down
our throats
the interminable
sometimes terminal
Eternal inquiry
who is a Jew
without
a drop of
pride
i will not make a life
i will not mouth a shred of life
from idols
from snakes or calves’ tongues
where can i visit the ancestors
if i abandon the garden
and walk past the field
sweetened people
bittered
a Sanded Down People
we must return
to live in this place
we have never been
remaining apart
to become
departed
then
no pride
Love comes

Inside

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good grief-
found good
found grief
then there was no goodand maybe it was
never good
how could it beso i lost desire
to find good
then
i felt grief

i don’t know
when or if
good will return

but i believe there are pairs
who stop in
to visit us
in our emptiness

and the breadth of life
is
not
has not
will not
cannot be
a cup

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every time
the video chat
lags
which nowadays
is always
i tell you the things
i’m not supposed to say…

if going back to normal means
going back
to the good sense
not to be delayed
i don’t want to be anywhere but
Here

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