Monk In The World

To be a monk is to have time to practice for your transformation and healing. And after that to help with the transformation and healing of other people.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Simple, Devout - Intimate

The Mary Oliver book I am reading right now begins chapter eight (Sand Dabs) with this:

 "The sharp-edged, glittering tens, the hours with locks on them; the hard twenties; the easing thirties;, the fretful forties;, the fifties, occasional hours of hope and promise, holding on. Now sixties.And I would like to be simple and devout, like the oak tree.And to tell the truth, sometimes I would like to be able to bark like a dog, to whistle like the meadowlark, to play a little banjo, like the frog in the summer pond.

Some of these words I think are too personal for me to grasp but the little line that speaks to my life is:

"Now sixties. And I would like to be simple and devout, like the oak tree.

"Especially "devout".
Defined on the www the following way:

Having or showing deep religious feeling or commitment
 she was a devout Catholic, a rabbi's devout prayers
(from the www)

I like the idea of "deep...feelings"

but I would want to translate "devout" as intimate.

So for me it would be "deep intimate feelings..."

For sure, life is becoming more intimate for me;

So here is my rewrite on that sentence of Oliver's

Now sixties. 

And I would like to be simple and intimate, like the oak tree.

I'm not sure how the oak tree is intimate but the oak tree probably understands what I mean.

As I think about it, maybe it is related to being more rooted, more the things that matter.

Oh well, bows to the oak tree, simplicity and intimacy!


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