Discuss the ins and outs of a "typical" day.
Pass the time lightly.
Say tiny things.
I'm happy to tread surfaces with a smile,
Yet- when I look at you,
I know there are layers.
Collections of ancient wisdom.
Stories on stories on stories.
This is where I light up.
This is where I thrive.
You can't be caged in a pool for long.
Not when you're someone
who wants oceans." -V. Erickson
I visited with my beautiful, big brother today. A video chat. Twenty minutes of freedom from his solitary confines. In my eyes he was beauty. No less than a rare flower blooming in a parched and barren field. He shared a recent glimpse of hard earned wisdom... "Sis, we are all infants. No matter our age. We all share the same basic human needs. An infant will die without human touch. We all need to be loved."
Of course we all need food, shelter and water. But like infants we all also require, REQUIRE!! love, human touch and a sense of belonging. We need it. We can do without it and the body will survive, but what of the soul, the heart, the wide ocean of being? To deny another living human of touch and care is a cruelty no less horrific than starvation. When I consider how we punish others and push away the very people most in need of our warmth and tenderness and care, I wonder how we can begin to call ourselves a "civilized" people.
We can not begin to claim our inheritance as the humans we are capable of being, until we recognize another's suffering as our own and turn the light of our own love on the shadows of pain and loneliness all around.
I love you David Lon Lloyd Jr., heart and soul, stem to stern.