November 7, 2012

Clearing the Air

The truth is, I feel awkward talking about the storm. We were safe and sound in Park Slope; the lights never so much as flickered, the internet never failed. My family in New Jersey is getting by with no power and no water still, but they’re hardy country-dwellers and somewhat used to the lights going out at this point.

But then again, I feel awkward not talking about the storm, blathering on about some new recipe, or my latest challenge with time management, or what the view from my living room looks like now that the tree outside the window has lost every last leaf. When so many have lost so much, that feels patently wrong.

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and cozy and dry. That is what I most want to say. And to share this poem, which I came across last night while I waited on the subway platform for a crowded train to carry me home.

Although the wind
blows terribly here,
the moonlight also leaks
between the roof planks
of this ruined house.

––by Izumi Shikibu, translated by Jane Hirshfield

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  • Kristina Strain: Glad you’re safe– I’ve been thinking of you and wondering and hoping.5 years ago

  • Katie @ cakes, tea and dreams: Lovely, Sarah. I’m glad you’re safe, and so happy to see you back here. xo5 years ago

  • Melissa @ Hilltop Hausfrau: So glad to hear that you and your family are safe and sound. It’s a good thing to always be grateful for feeling safe; we Canadians are approaching Rememberance Day (Nov. 11) and are feeling particularly grateful for the freedoms we enjoy.

    Not everyone in the world enjoys the same.

    (wanted to say thanks also, for stopping by my space recently to leave a note!)5 years ago

  • little kitchie: glad you were safe! you are helping just by giving encouragement through that beautiful poem.5 years ago

  • Lana: Been thinking of you and happy to hear you are safe.5 years ago

  • Amy C: So, so, SO glad to hear you are OK! My family is all in New Jersey, too, and most of them still have no power and long waits for gas. And the ones that do have power expect it to go off as soon as this next storm hits.

    I love that poem. Thank you for sharing it on this blustery November day.5 years ago

  • Amanda: So glad you and the family are safe! Thinking about the NJ gang all the time.

    Great poem…5 years ago

  • Emily: Sarah I am so glad you and your family are safe! Even with occasional power outages. I feel silly complaining about the temperature here (27 F Amherst, MA) when there are so many who feel the same cold yet have no relief from it due to the storm.

    The poem you shared is lovely – I have never heard of Izumi Shikibu. Thank you for sharing it.5 years ago

  • Doris: Good to hear you are safe, Sarah. I love the poem, it comes to me just at the right time.5 years ago

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