William Michaelian

Poems, Notes, and Drawings

Grace and Nourishment

I can eat with gratitude and reverence, or I can thoughtlessly shovel it in. Either way, how I eat is how I live. If I eat thoughtlessly, my body will respond accordingly; we two will become coarse and crude, and be both cause and mirror of hunger and strife in the world. If I eat mindfully, and consume only what I need, the good food I eat will bring joy to every cell, and my body will be lit from within. If I am ungrateful, this earth’s bounty is wasted on me. It would be better to survive on sunlight and air, until they cleanse me of my arrogance. The same can be said of words and images — those I speak, and those I seek. May they be of grace and nourishment.

December 7, 2021. Late afternoon.


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