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Facing the Sun

February 23, 2012

Looking outside my window I cannot see them but I can hear the sweet little birds singing as I write. My coffee is hot and the egg was cooked to perfection.


Things are not always what they appear.

Our sweet  little house in our sleepy neighborhood was broken into last night, while we slept. Crashing glass at 3 am woke Order who ran to our room to wake us for help.

Amazing that such a small hole could rent such a bigger one in our sense of security.

There is a hole in my front door window, glass on the floor, the 8 foot mirror is offering someone 7 years bad luck and worst of all a missing bicycle from the foyer.

Some clean up, repainting and re-glazing will be needed but all is well and so are we.

….But on some days, Beloved. On days like today

We need to look, to see.

So turn your face to the sun.

Even when she is nowhere to be seen.

Go inside yourself. Find a speck, a splinter of beauty to be grateful for.

‘Yes’, the day has worn you. And ‘Yes’ our mistakes have been so many.

But say ‘Thank you’ anyway

Take account of all that is in your possession.

A mind. A heart. A body.

A life that breathes, even if for just one more day.

Now count the eyes that have smiled
at you on your wild journey,

the hands that have held you tenderly,

the ears that have listened,

the prayers that have been made on your behalf.

And whisper your ‘Thank you’ again…..


And know yourself as a child of the light.

You are the Goodness that cannot be extinguished,

The love that burns through the darkest night.

And perhaps,
In turning
You will see what I have seen,
that this day where everything seemed wrong,
was not your curse,

It was your gift,

Your chance…

To find inside yourself a forgotten ‘thank you’,

To smile in the face of the grim suppressors,

To stand in the heart of the glowering darkness
and turn your face to the sun.


Turn Your Face To The Sun 

Maithri Goonetilleke

3 Comments leave one →
  1. heather permalink
    February 23, 2012 9:50 am

    Happy you and my loved ones are safe and unharmed. Will have to print the poem out ~ so beautiful.

    xo h.

  2. Cathrine Ji permalink
    February 23, 2012 4:31 pm

    Ach! Yes, let not this transgression sour you, nor make you fear, but keep you as loving as ever and smiling–at this beautiful world of ours.

    As Louis Armstrong sang it so beautifully:

    When you’re smilin’, when you’re smilin’
    The whole world smiles with you
    And when you’re laughin’–Oh, when you’re laughin’
    The sun comes shinin’ through.

    But when you’re cryin’, you bring on the rain
    So stop your sighin’, baby, be happy again
    Keep on smilin’–keep on smilin’
    The whole world smiles with you…


  3. Tamara permalink
    February 25, 2012 10:04 pm

    . Oh Order, I am so sorry about your bike, sweet girl. But, turn your face to the sun so that the shadows fall behind you.

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