... a weekly letter of encouragement.
February 7, 1996
"When the young husband picked up his friend's pretty wife in the taxi one block from her townhouse for their first lunch together, in a hotel dining room with a room key in his pocket, midtown traffic gridlocked and was abruptly still...
A prophetic voice spoke in his mind's ear despite his pulse's erotic thudding:
'The misery you undertake this afternoon will accompany you to the ends of your lives.'
She knew what she did, when she agreed to this lunch, although she would not admit it;
And you've constructed your playlet a thousand times: cocktails, an omelet, wine;
The revelation of a room key; the elevator rising...
The skin flushed, the door fumbled at, the handbag dropped; the first kiss...nakedness;
Endorphins followed by endearments; a brief nap; another fit...
Arrangements for another encounter, the taxi back, and the furtive kiss of good-bye.
Then by turn: tears, treachery, anger, betrayal; marriages and houses destroyed;
Small children abandoned and inconsolable, their foursquare estates disestablished forever;
The unreadable advocates; the wretchedness of passion outworn;
Anguished nights... essayed in loneliness...
Hours with sons and daughters studious always to maintain distrust;
The daily desire to die and the daily agony of the requirement to survive, until only the quarrel endures...."+
"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.." (Galatians 6:7,8)
I trust you are having a great week!
+Donald Hall, Atlantic Monthly, March, 1993 (Edited)
© Copyright 1996 Dwight Hill. Unlimited permission to copy or use is hereby granted subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.
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