I'm sure I am not alone right now when I say it is difficult to keep a positive outlook given recent events around the world. The devastation in Japan and the looming nuclear catastrophe has been keeping me wide awake at night. There really are no words..... And then hearing about sweet Maddie's passing on Sunday night... well, life feels particularly cruel right now. Sorry to be such a downer, but I don't know how to talk about much else. I did see this poem this morning on Sarah's blog, and something about it really resonated with me. Maybe it can help you in some tiny way too.
"After the Winter" by Claude McKay
Some day, when trees have shed their leaves
And against the morning’s white
The shivering birds beneath the eaves
Have sheltered for the night,
We’ll turn our faces southward, love,
Toward the summer isle
Where bamboos spire to shafted grove
And wide-mouthed orchids smile.
And we will seek the quiet hill
Where towers the cotton tree,
And leaps the laughing crystal rill,
And works the droning bee.
And we will build a cottage there
Beside an open glade,
With black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near,
And ferns that never fade.