Saturday, November 6, 2010
OpEd:To deny anyone life is an unspeakable tragedy
Not a jumping-up-and-down joy, but the kind that moves around inside me like warm honey. A spontaneous response to the simple pleasures of what we call life.
Life’s sweetness touches us
All I could think of was the sights, smells and sounds of my own life. I have witnessed thousands of incredible sunsets, each one like a rare painting.
I have spent hours and hours watching the ever-changing forms of the white, billowy clouds that decorate a pristine blue sky.
For how many birds have I paused to hear their songs of joy? Thousands! I have felt the cool, wet grass of a hundred summer mornings on my bare feet.
I have breathed in the invigorating aroma of an unexpected spring rain and felt its refreshing drops fall softly on my face.
I have danced in the rain and stomped in puddles. I have been rendered speechless by the profound wonder — and awesome silence — of a sudden snowstorm so many times I cannot count them.
On occasions without number, I have seen the majesty of lightning and found myself startled at the sheer power of thunder.
But on this day, I stand quietly with others, most of whom I do not know.
We all stand: some in silence, and some pacing like fathers in a waiting room. We wait while hoping and praying that some barrier will prove an insurmountable obstacle to the plans of the day. A thought. A dream. A word.
Or maybe the color of the azure sky will shout or the wind will blow away the clouds from a clouded mind, or the birds will sing a song about the exquisite beauty of life that the wind will interpret to a listening ear.
I have been around awhile and learned many lessons. But while standing across from that facility, I realized one stood out foremost in my mind among many others:
Life is good. Even in its bitter moments, the sweetness of life lingers still.
To deny anyone the multi-faceted delight of what it means to live is, for me, an unspeakable loss.
Glenda Joy Clark, a photographer and owner of Restore Wonder, lives in Goodlettsville.