Pilgrimages

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Today I visited the Abbey of Lund. The building itself is lovely, but I was more struck by the plaque outside which described the history of this abbey as one stopping place along the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. And so they write of their place: “this is not a museum–it is a living space for live meetings. Every day people wander persistently up to the abbey to rest in the beauty of its sanctuary for a while, to listen to the silence and to the Other. And to consider again how every person is a gift to be appreciated.”

Also: RIP Derek Walcott.
“The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other’s welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.”
—-from “Love After Love”

Pilgrimage

This is not just a throughway or a stepping stone,
it is also a place of peace,
a place to consider the gift of you and the gift of we,
a rest for the soul and the feet,
a silence that feeds you joy
and that cradles you close.
Before you move onward into the forward,
sit here within these  walls that exhale
the sighs of countless pilgrims
and breathe in deep.

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