Fixing Eyes on the Unseen – A Glut of Melancholy

But when the melancholy fit shall fall
Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud,
That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,
And hides the green hill in an April shroud;
Then glut thy sorrow on a morning rose,
Or on the rainbow of the salt sand-wave,
Or on the wealth of globed peonies;
~John Keats from “Ode on Melancholy”

I eat oatmeal for breakfast.
I make it on the hot plate and put skimmed milk on it.
I eat it alone.
I am aware it is not good to eat oatmeal alone.
Its consistency is such that is better for your mental health
if somebody eats it with you.
That is why I often think up an imaginary companion to have
breakfast with.
Possibly it is even worse to eat oatmeal with an imaginary
Nevertheless, yesterday morning, I ate my oatmeal porridge,
as he called it, with John Keats.
Keats said I was absolutely right to invite him:
due to its glutinous texture, gluey lumpishness, hint of slime,
and unusual willingness to disintegrate, oatmeal should
not be eaten alone…
~Galway Kinnell from “Oatmeal”

Oatmeal porridge eaten in melancholy,
among poets and emerging peonies,
hail-crushed blooms and storm-crossed hills,
while nations and individuals remain at war:

this is the week of walking through the suffering
of our Redeemer.

Glutted with sadness among companions:
I am not alone in feeling the sorrow is
already too much to be borne on
a holy Tuesday morning
with more yet to come~~
nothing more need be said.

I do what I can
to open my eyes and my heart
to understand how and why
Christ has done what He must
to save us from ourselves.

This year’s Lenten theme:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4: 18

One thought on “Fixing Eyes on the Unseen – A Glut of Melancholy

  1. My husband leaves early and doesn’t eat breakfast so a lot of times I eat my oatmeal with my beloved Barnstorming!


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