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Poem & Mason Jennings Encore

I’ve been pondering this poem the last few days, attempting to decipher it–in the sense that I’m not quite sure what Milosz really believes in the end.

Thought you’d like a crack at it.

“Religion Comes”

Religion comes from our pity for humans
They are too weak to live without divine protection.
Too weak to listen to the screeching noise of the turning of infernal wheels.
Who among us would accept a universe in which there was not one voice
Of compassion, pity, understanding?
To be human is to be completely alien amid the galaxies.
Which is sufficient reason for erecting, together with others, the temples of an unimaginable mercy.

–Czeslaw Milosz

And finally, a song for you, this snow-on-the-way day.  An encore Mason Jennings did at his concert this past Saturday.  “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”  Very Christmasy.

Love to you all.

Mason Jennings Dec 19 2009

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The quote I live by

Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.
--Rainer Maria Rilke in Letters to a Young Poet

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