My mom is away, far far away, for this her 60th birthday. I made this kids sing and sent a video of it. But what else? I’ve been searching for a great poem but I’ve already shared my favorites with her over the years. This is the one I finally sent. I like it. Does it scream ‘Hey, you are 60, wow!’? Perhaps not. But a benediction of sorts, a musing on decades? A look forward? I’d like to think so.
A Prayer among Friends
by John Daniel (from Of Earth)
Among other wonders of our lives, we are alive
with one another, we walk here
in the light of this unlikely world
that isn’t ours for long.
May we spend generously
the time we are given.
May we enact our responsibilities
as thoroughly as we enjoy
our pleasures. May we see with clarity,
may we seek a vision
that serves all beings, may we honor
the mystery surpassing our sight,
and may we hold in our hands
the gift of good work
and bear it forth whole, as we
were borne forth by a power we praise
to this one Earth, this homeland of all we love.