With Quiet Eyes

Who loves the rain    
    And loves his home, 
And looks on life with quiet eyes,  
     Him will I follow through the storm;    
     And at his hearth-fire keep me warm;
Nor hell nor heaven shall that soul surprise,    
     Who loves the rain, 
     And loves his home, 
And looks on life with quiet eyes.

~Frances Shaw, “Who loves the rain” from Look To the Rainbow

I would like to be the air
that inhabits you for a moment
only. I would like to be that unnoticed
and that necessary.
~Margaret Atwood from “Variation on the Word Sleep”

For Dan’s birthday…

In this journey together,
we inhabit each other,
however long may be the road we travel;
you have become the air I breathe,
refreshing, renewing, restoring~~
you are that necessary to me,
and that beloved.

Each year, as we grow older together:
grayer, softer, gentler
with ourselves,
each other
and the world.

I pause,
on this day you were born,
to thank God yet again
for bringing you to earth
so we could meet,
raise three amazing children,
and walk this journey together
with pulse and breath and dreams.

It was your quiet brown eyes I trusted first
and just knew
I’d follow you anywhere
and I have…

12 thoughts on “With Quiet Eyes

  1. Dan,
    Your heart of wisdom was on display this past Easter, as I joined you in praise, while sitting on a bale of hay, ensconced by saints in your pasture’s morning dew. I’m grateful for this occasion to offer you; a timely happy birthday wish, “Van harte gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!”. And a belated thank you for your gift of gracious inclusion at this past April 4ths sunrise celebration of our Savior’s resurrection.
    I enjoyed meeting you and Emily.

    “God teaches us to number our days, that we may present to Him a heart of wisdom.”
    -Psalm 90:12
    “For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.”
    -Proverbs 9:11

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  2. 小百合さく 小草がなかに 君まてば 野末にほいて 虹あらはれぬ

    I wait for you

    In the grassland

    Where small lilies bloom.

    On the corners of the field,

    The rainbow shows up.

    –Yosano Akiko (1878-1942)

    Happy Birthday, Dan

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  3. Lovely tribute to your love! Ah, “old love” is definitely the best! Happy Birthday to your Dan, mine is also a Dan!

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  4. Beautiful, simple affirmation, inspired by your love for each other, together with the sacred love that you both share with each other. A mirror image that for your children – and grandchildren – will see and aspire to emulate.
    (And, ‘Happy Birthday’ to that lovely man to whom you gave your love and life to so long ago.)

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