Seventy Fourth Birthday
Jan 4, 2013
Looking down the strip of stores a ways,
I hear sharp voices of two little girls;
Five years old, and dressed in billowing skirts and sweaters,
Outlined sharply in a shaft of light,
They dance around each other, playing, gleeful, alive,
At-One within this present moment.
It’s my birthday.
All day I’ve felt the play of light and glee and laughter all around,
As if my angels and my guides and spirit-friends were partying
To celebrate with me my life on earth —
This time that’s let me start to learn the boundless sparks of God
And fall in love deeper and yet further still.
I know within that I am one with those two little girls –
I too am glee within this single stroke of time.
I revel that we all were born.
Today, my 74th birthday, is the first time I think I’ve ever been able to say, with feeling, “I’m so glad that I was born!” I learned several years ago to make that comment to others on their birthdays; celebrating who a person is, after all, is the main purpose of birthday celebrations – not counting years – an irrelevant pastime if ever there was one! Today, though, I finally felt – certainly for the first time in this way – the oneness of all life as Love. I received the amazing gift of spending the day being Love – giving and receiving, circulating, smiling inwardly as much as visibly. At One with my spirit-self, at the same time I was appreciating equally the physical delights that having a body has added to my experience of being, I suddenly realized anew why embodiment is such a desirable gift: it adds a whole new dimension in which to know God. It allows me to unite with beauty, joy, and presence while also reveling in the illusion of being a separate and appreciative observer.
I am grateful for this amazing day – my best birthday ever.
About Rev. Dr. Rosemary C. Hyde,
I am a grandmother, a classical homeopath, a mystical poet, and an interfaith minister. I also have a large, enduring place in my heart for Paris. I first spent time in Paris in 1961, as a Fulbright scholar. I remained in France for three years, living also in Toulouse and in Nancy. I have revisited France and Paris multiple times since then, and have come to know The city and surroundings quite well. I grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where there were many Franco-Americans, and their language fascinated me. I was fortunate in 6th grade, when my family moved, to find myself in a Catholic French speaking girls' school, where I had the wonderful fortune of becoming bilingual. It still feeds my soul deeply, to visit Paris, speak French, and reconnect with the little French girl in me.
I am serving presently as President of the global online Peace Initiative called LivingPeaceNow.Org. We are bringing together worldwide in 3 languages — English, French, and Spanish— small groups of Connected Peacemakers to help deepen and hold Peace globally with their thoughts, words, and actions.
My goal as a minister is to add richness to life for those who resonate to more than one religious tradition or to none -- those with mixed religions as well as the unchurched, untempled, and unmosqued.
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Hi, Donna. You asked about a poem … Thank you!
I look forward to seeing what you will send me, now ; – )))
For the last few years, I’ve slowly been adding poems to a blog. I’m forwarding the latest blog entry. As you can see, these days, with all that’s going on at UCP, I rarely get the time to sit down and reflect enough to write and edit – which I find to be a deep, meditative pleasure.
I’m wondering – will your grandbaby share my birthday? Or perhaps yours? :- )))
Sending blessings, Rosemary
“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” – Chief Seattle
HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY and please cherish every one that we are able to cherish with you.
All our love from Jim & Ardie and Hailey, Duffy, Dolly and an especially sweet kiss & mumble from Lozo.