Friday, July 07, 2006

Letters to a young Hudson

PROMISE
The readings, letters, poetry and wisdoms written/read/sent on Linds and Hudson's behalf, will be available to all very soon. Cintra generously offered to host the many pieces but, discussing just now with dad, I think we'll go build a simple site for Hudson that can host it all - video too.

Stay tuned for that.

In meantime, I'll start to post some of the readings and prayers from the christening.

My own (happened to have handy), is excerpted from Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. Heady advice for the little fellow.

"We must assume our existence as broadly as we in any way can; everything, even the most unheard of, must be possible in it. That is at the bottom the only courage that is demanded of us: to have courage for the most strange, the most singular and the most inexplicable that we may encounter...

We are not prisoners. No traps or snares are set about for us, and there is nothing which should intimidate or worry us. We are set down in life as in the element to which we best correspond, and over and above this we have through thousands of years of accommodation become so like this life, that when we hold still we are, through a happy mimicry, scarcely to be distinguished from all that surrounds us.
We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us...

How should we forget those ancient myths that are the beginnings of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.
Perhaps everything terrible is in its deepest being something helpless that wants help from us..."


So you must not be frightened dear Hudson.

C - your aunt who will quote things you won't get till much, much later

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