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Sometimes when I awaken and face a new day, I feel overwhelmed by all that's going on. And then sometimes I wonder too why I continue to add posts to this blog—what's the point? But I remember what Michael Chabon wrote about finding and trying to show beauty—maybe the point is just to make this life we live now all bearable. So—a hint of autumn has been in the air these last few days. About such moments, David Budbill wrote:
"Low clouds and gray . . .
The world gets emptier, more barren . . .
Stillness, O stillness, this damp calm of autumn, this
relinquishing, giving in . . .
sweet melancholy, welcoming, opening, acceptance,
receiving, this embrace of the quiet and the dark."
Amidst all the anger and frustration and grief, amidst this dark and sweet melancholy there is beauty and even a little peace if we stay quiet enough to hear it.