Monday Morning Musings
“You are here, at the start of a moment,
On the edge of the world.
Where the river meets the sea.”
—“Welcome to the Rock,” from Come From Away
I am here, by the river
the sky is blue—or grey—
cloudy or clear, I am here
at the start of the day
watching the birds,
remembering the shadows
need the light, and thoughts
need words, to tell how time goes
slow, then faster, people gone
before you know to say good-bye.
All the stories left untold,
and new ones born, the river sighs.
There a hawk cries,
There the sun rises, anew—
There a cat finds the light
There you find again the blue
that comes after storms and grey.
We celebrate the holidays—
you are there, and we are here
but we find some ways
to connect and remember.
We toast L’chaim, to life, with wine
and food we commemorate,
and for now, we’re fine
at the start of this moment—
and we soar into the next and the next
without a clue–what’s beyond the blue.
This week started with Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah—it already seems so far away. We celebrated with our daughter and son-in-law. The next night, we had a Zoom dinner with both children and their spouses. Saturday was September 11. The sky that day was so blue, just as it was twenty years ago. In the afternoon, we went to Blue Cork Winery (where daughter now works) in Williamstown, NJ. It was a gorgeous day to sit outside. We’re going back to summer heat and humidity today.
Last night we watched Come From Away (Apple TV+). I have a couple months of Apple TV free, but Apple does not make it easy to watch on a not-smart TV. This is a filmed version of a live stage production of the musical—filmed recently in a newly opened theater before a masked audience. Although I did not feel it quite so much as when we saw it live in a theater, it is still a wonderful play based on the true events of 9/11—when 38 planes were diverted to the Newfoundland town of Gander. It is heartwarming without being treacly, and it shows people at their best. The play was also performed live on Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
If you’ve seen the show, I just found this article, and it made me happy.