Inhumanity

“Is it possible
to drown in one’s own tears?
Watching the news
reading the news
seeing the torture
and torment
across the globe,
reading, hearing, watching
the inhumane treatment
of our fellow man
and then listening
to the comments
that speak as if
those particular breed
of humanity
deserve the ill,
inhumane treatment?!
I am lost
in this huge and violent sea
and I now understand
why the sea is filled
with salt water–
it’s from all the tears shed
over the years
of man’s inhumanity to man.
I have answered
my own question–
it is indeed possible
to drown
in one’s own tears…”

~ Pamela Rae

tear

 

Annunciation

“Even if I don’t see it again—nor ever feel it
I know it is—and that if once it hailed me
it ever does—
And so it is myself I want to turn in that direction
not as towards a place, but it was a tilting
within myself,
as one turns a mirror to flash the light to where
it isn’t—I was blinded like that—and swam
in what shone at me
only able to endure it by being no one and so
specifically myself I thought I’d die
from being loved like that.”

~ Marie Howe

Annunciation

To become individuated

“To become—in Jung’s terms—individuated, to live as a released individual, one has to know how and when to put on and to put off the masks of one’s various life roles. ‘When in Rome, do as the Romans do,’ and when at home, do not keep on the mask of the role you play in the Senate chamber. But this, finally, is not easy, since some of the masks cut deep. They include judgment and moral values. They include one’s pride, ambition, and achievement. They include one’s infatuations. It is a common thing to be overly impressed by and attached to masks, either some mask of one’s own or the mana-masks of others. The work of individuation, however, demands that one should not be compulsively affected in this way. The aim of individuation requires that one should find and then learn to live out of one’s own center, in control of one’s for and against. And this cannot be achieved by enacting and responding to any general masquerade of fixed roles.”
~ Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By

Mask of eternity