Presence by debgrant
Presence was described
to me once
in this way.
To be present to an object,
let's say a chair,
requires little of me.
Perhaps to regard its location
so I don't miss it entirely as I sit
and fall on my butt.
A chair asks nothing, feels nothing.
It does its duty. It asks nothing
of me. I trust it to remain a chair
for the duration of my visit.
To be present to a work of art,
let's say, van Gogh's Starry Night,
requires no more than a chair.
It is an object of paint and canvas.
if we want to be present to it,
to what the artist offers,
it requires more of us.
Time, a sense of wonder,
questions & thought, isolation of the brushstrokes,
the choice of colors, the impression,
Then it makes its mark
upon us, more than a chair, more than
the pigment spread
on fabric and frame.
Beauty touches us.
To be present to a stranger,
let's say like in an elevator,
requires more of us than chair or painting.
We are both human creatures,
masterpieces of the
same artist. We are mystery.
We share the tiny acreage for
a short ride. Never long enough to
make acquaintance but long enough
to be present to the energy of our
vulnerability and curiosity.
To be present to a human love
requires the most
and gives the most.
It is exhausting.
Life-draining and giving.
To be present to a love
is also a choice and a freedom.
We can treat one another like a chair.
We can regard one another distantly as a work of art.
We can stand fully, temporarily, and separate, respecting the mystery.
We can open ourselves to the other and risk
letting go of everything but love.
God so loves.
God is willing to be present
in every way, in any way,
even as the chair beneath us
in this moment.
in this moment, we are in the presence
of life's finest mystery,
of life defining love?
Deb Grant, resilient child of God, creative tinker of paper, ink, wood, shiny things, paint and words. The human amusement of a parrot and a dog.
Writer, poet, artist, human, citizen, learner, scruffy, goof.
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