Happy Easter to all who celebrate today.
It's a bright, lovely morning here in North Carolina. When I woke this morning, the moon still sat heavy in the sky, full and round, and I thought - it's really lovely that I couldn't decide on blinds or curtains and finally chose nothing at all. :)
I found the above painting of Picasso's this week, and I'm not sure what I think of it.
That's a lie.
I don't love it. It doesn't evoke any emotion in me as much as it makes me curious and thoughtful to understand it.
It's interesting to note that, according to PabloPicasso.org, the painting has 'no religious significance.' I don't know how to reconcile in my mind how something of such religious significance (the crucifixion of Christ) could somehow be portrayed without said significance, but perhaps that's just my Christian upbringing rising to the surface.
For Easter this year, I'll be sharing this poem with my kids, which I have no doubt they'll thoughtfully ponder and absorb with reverence.
If in that Syrian garden, ages slain,
You sleep, and know not you are dead in vain,
Nor even in dreams behold how dark and bright
Ascends in smoke and fire by day and night
The hate you died to quench and could but fan,
Sleep well and see no morning, son of man.
But if, the grave rent and the stone rolled by,
At the right hand of majesty on high
You sit, and sitting so remember yet
Your tears, your agony and bloody sweat,
Your cross and passion and the life you gave,
Bow hither out of heaven and see and save.
A.E. Housman (published posthumously in the collection entitled More Poems, 1936)
I love that last line the most: bow hither out of heaven and see and save.
Now I feel compelled to read A Shropshire Lad. Has anyone else read it?
I feel like there's so much to read, so many poets to discover and words to absorb and art to view and music to hear that there isn't enough time to even make a dent.
I think this is an indication I'm getting old. :)
Here are a few interesting tidbits related to Easter from around the web:
This Hot Cross Buns recipe looks delicious.
Speaking of HCB, this Smithsonian article on the traditions and myths of hot cross buns is interesting.
Easter Week Around the World (and Hell, if it Exists) - from The New York Times, this article is a look at Easter around the world.
The result of Easter falling on April Fool's day. I've never in my life participated in an April Fool's prank and feel slightly uneasy when people really seem to enjoy it. You can imagine how fun it is to be my child. :)
This article was interesting, written by an Australian celebrating Easter in New York. Abbott writes:
The only “good” thing about Good Friday in those days was warm hot cross buns smothered in butter. That and the images of Christians around the world flogging themselves and dragging heavy, wooden crosses on their backs on the television news at night. They made me feel glad to be Australian. Those rituals seemed so extreme and distant from my practice and, as the days drew in and the temperature dropped, even the positive depictions of Easter – flowers, fertility, and new life – seemed so at odds with my experience.
If you really want to dig into something a little bit meatier on Easter, this Wall Street Journal article by is right up your alley. According to the author, George Weigel, a distinguished senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center:
Because of Easter, the gentiles, too, could be embraced in a relationship—a covenant—with the one God, which was embodied in righteous living.
Finally, according to National Geographic: Why Easter is Bad for Bunnies.
I hope everyone, however you celebrate, has a lovely day, full of hope and plenty of sunshine.