April 10, 2009

The Deepest Moment

The poet Mark Doty writes eloquently about his partner's death from AIDS, and how the process of decline gently stripped Wally of all that was not Everything, and how in that millrace he became most himself. Doty says that death is "the deepest moment in the world... even if that self empties into no one, swift river hurrying into the humble of rivers, out of individuality, into the great rushing whirlwind of currents."

From Mark Doty's Heaven's Coast

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The quote from Mark Doty is rich and lovely. Thank you for being moved by it and sharing it with us.

Didymus Thomas said...

Grief seems to do something...like a mirror holding itself up that we may see ourself....grief also challenges us to kenosis, self emptying. I guess it is what we do with it that matters.