posted March 16, 2003 07:31 PM
Definitely my least favorite Canto. Linda went from so very happy to so very sad in one night. But by sharing this with us, by showing us her weaknesses and faults, we somehow felt closer to her for it. Linda's quick temper and rash words drove her Twin to saying, "No more magic." So sad. But I want to end my short review with a happier quote (there's lots of happy stuff in Canto Sixteen, too).
and .. those bubbly moments of bittersweet
when a tapped out stranger stops us on the street
to ask you for a dime or a quarter
a fellow Earthling, who's lost his way for awhile
you always smile, then hand him five or ten -- or twenty
even when you're broke yourself
and it's your last five or ten -- or twenty
and when the Taker looks shocked, as they often do
you call back to him, over your shoulder ..
"listen, if you need any more
just give half of that away
don't save it for a rainy day
rain rhymes with pain -- Give rhymes with Live !"
and when he answers ..
"right on, man ! I dig, I dig !"
we smile at each other, then squeeze hands tightly
because we're spreading the Jerusalem magic
of the small boy's loaves -- bread cast in Life's river
to one new convert
and maybe turned him into an apostle .. a Giver
you always say ..
"the planet is so over-populated
with Takers ... and so empty of Givers
but just wait until all those people
we've touched with Oober Galaxy love
discover the rocket-socket Truth
that they will get more -- they really will !
much more, almost immediately
if they give half of what they have away
and get in tune
with the harmony of the Universe !"
sometimes, we bump into them again, on a sunny day
and they remember -- then they tell us about the miracles they found
by letting go, and spreading whatever they have around
how they discovered the spiritual gold
of seeing what they gave returned -- sometimes three or four-fold
because we are our brother's keepers
and our sister's too
each of us a channel for Love to flow through
"Never mentally imagine for another that which you would not want to experience for yourself, since the mental image you send out inevitably comes back to you." Rebecca Clark