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An Anniversary Poem by Tom Webber

3 Nov
You can find out more about Tom & Barb's music by visiting their website: www.fairwebberfolkmusic.com

You can find out more about Tom & Barb Webber’s music by visiting their website: http://www.fairwebberfolkmusic.com

To Barb: An Anniversary Poem

I love you this moment
This small moment —
One drop of the tide of moments
That make the ocean of our life together.

We cannot know its distant shore
‘Though it seems we are on a long journey
On this tiny vessel we call “marriage”.
We do not know whence our journey first began
Nor when we will one day land.
(But we do have this one moment!)

We do not know its depths,
Nor what peril lies ahead.
But we feel the high tides
And the low ebbs
As we ride the crest of this moment along
To some unseen shore past the horizon.

What really does it matter?
This moment is all I have to give you.
For the ocean would be so much less
Were it diminished drop by drop.

So I love you this moment
And give you this moment.
Perhaps the ocean is in this single drop of time.

(c) Thomas C. Webber, November 1990


My wife Barb and I celebrated our silver wedding anniversary today! It has been a wonderful journey together so far, and I am looking forward to all the years we will share in the future. We have filled it with a simple but full life centered on family (we have four lovely children) and our shared love of music which we have been performing together since the late 80s.

I wrote the poem above to commemorate our first anniversary together, and I shared it again with Barb in a homemade card. The message, I believe, will never lose its meaning for me. I share it you, my reader, with the hope that it might likewise speak to your journey of love.

Peace,

Tom

 

 

Spiritually Adrift, Or Spiritually Driven?: Reflections on Grace

1 Oct

In 2002, I was corresponding with a dear friend of mine named Thom who was going through tough, uncertain times. His life circumstances made him feel spiritually adrift, and far from God. I wished to share some thoughts that might encourage him. At the time I had been reading selections from Dag Hammarskjold’s “Markings,” an inspiring collection of meditations, prayers, and poems from the pages of his journal, which was published posthumously. I ran across this poem of his called “Thus It Was.”

THUS IT WAS

I am being driven forward
Into an unknown land.
The pass grows steeper,
The air colder and sharper.
A wind from my unknown goal
Stirs the strings
Of expectation.
Still the question:
Shall I ever get there?
There where life resounds,
A clear pure note
In the silence.

This wonderful meditation by Hammarskjold inspired me, in turn, to write and add the the following for Thom:

GRACE IS THE WIND

You and I (and everyone)
are being driven forward
into an unknown land.”
It is grace that drives us,
not simply some senseless
sense of desparation, loneliness,
or quest for meaning.

Grace is the wind,
that unseen force driving us
(although sometimes it feels
like we are being pulled)
ineluctably forward,
forward to Somewhere,
A Land we once knew
from Sometime, long ago.

We know deep down
that our topsy turvy world is true,
because when we listen,
we hear an echo that reverberates
from within the Silence.
It is the echo of Love.

* * * * *
Dag Hammarskjold was one of the spiritual and political giants of the twentieth century. He was an economist, diplomat, and author. A tireless champion of human rights, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously. Like countless others, I have continued to be inspired and challenged over the last 35 years by the insights found in his book “Markings.” If you are not familiar with him, Wikipedia provides a good introduction. You will find in him a wonderful spiritual guide who drank deeply of the Gospel and the writings of the Christian mystics. Here is a link to get you started:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag_Hammarskjöld?wasRedirected=true