Lifelet: A Pueblo Prayer

So what does our garage curating philosopher sign say today?

A Pueblo Prayer

The message catches my eye:

“Hold onto what is good, even if it is a handful of earth.” – A Pueblo Prayer

My mind immediately races through all of my strolls through vineyards with Alan York and Barney Barnett.  How many times we reached down to grab a handful of dirt.  We wanted to see and feel and smell the power of biodynamic fine wine growing.

I also realize that the prayer is probably longer.  While on the ferry to Seattle,  I find the full prayer:

Hold on to what is good,
Even if it’s a handful of earth.
Hold on to what you believe,
Even if it’s a tree that stands by itself.
Hold on to what you must do,
Even if it’s a long way from here.
Hold on to your life,
Even if it’s easier to let go.
Hold on to my hand,
Even if someday I’ll be gone away from you.

I search to see if someone has creatively combined the text with imagery.  I stop and stare at the beauty of the face embodying the prayer.

Hold On – Pueblo Prayer

Hold on – to what is good, to my beliefs, to what I must do, to my life, and to my hand.

As I reflect some more, I remember the title of a poem my wife used for the title of her grandmother’s autobiography – “The Long, Far View.”

The Long, Far View – Katharine McAfee Parker

There’s a long, far view to take of a day,

And the nights are made for rest,

There’s a long, far view of a life and a death,

And the long, far view is best.

No small thing lives.

No great thing dies.

I know. I know.

And so I try to live each day with a long, far view,

And the years go swiftly by.

The journey to Seattle this day goes swiftly as I “Hold On to the Long, Far View”.

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