Blessings to you all as we enjoy a week of fall here in Central New Mexico. This is a poem that has great meaning for me and I share it with you today because I saw a grasshopper, slowed by the cold weather, but still making its way up the wall on my house this morning. I hope you enjoy!
A Blessing and Charge to All of Us Grasshoppers Gathered Here
By Michael Coffey
What a relief and what a cause of humility
right down to my exoskeleton.
The shaping of the earth
and the timing of the rains.
The rising of the sun
and the spreading of the stars
on the sky fabric.
The making and crowning of kings
and the dethroning of prideful powers
does not depend on me,
a grasshopper in the
field of the world.
But the world does depend on me
to hop and nibble on the grass
to stop and take notice
with my compound eyes,
the sun and the sky,
the muscle and immodesty of kings.
And with my mandibles in full song
let praise and protest
rise up above me.
You are the light of the world.
NMCC Conference Director