Notre Dame is Burning

Paris Burning?


Flames on Notre Dame… No …

But there they are…

The  roof alight — they say it’s wood.  Tower crumbles,

Painful sight, 

My heart weeps, thinking about a thousand years 

 of music, wars, tears, and worship.  

All in flames.  

How is the grand organ — 

its moving  music silenced now?  

The chairs, their woven seats, 

The Hangings, candles, golden vessels — 

Will all be ash tomorrow?  

Will the walls stay standing?  

It shakes the soul to its foundation 

Losing what may seem like

 it has always been

And so must always be.  

Paris, standing tall forever…  till now.  


I will mourn 

And look for joyous resurrection 

Bolstered by hearts 

United all around the world 

In loving human legacy and power—

In one Spirit, One appreciation—

Symbolizing Peace to come. 

We are in fact one people and one world— One Heart, One Love.  One.  

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. All of us, whatever our cultural allegiances, hunger for and need support in finding the transcendent joy that's ours to find in this earthly life. All of us need and want to celebrate beautifully the great and small milemarker moments. All of us crave the beauty of prayer as an expression of our participation in universal love. All of us wish to learn a greater vision, to see our lives opening to the Divine. All of us desire deeply to find serenity and peace that lasts no matter what happens today and tomorrow. This is the meaning of Transcendessence. We find the essence of spirit and transcend the narrow constraints of our bodies and egos. Join us today by subscribing, so you won't miss a single poem, message, prayer, or meditation. And for more varied and beautiful spiritual resources check out the Living Peace Now Facebook page and our website: http://LivingPeaceNow.Org.
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