THE CAVE

      

      “…but there is new life too, and with it, there is hope…”

 

               (Excerpt from the note pinned to a seagull by

                a survivor of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815

    March 14, 2007)

 

I once lived in a cave.  Sheltered from the sun, I’d smile, talk the talk and sleep in the cavern of a shrinking world.  My life was passing; time was passing.

 

The kids knew…perhaps.   They saw, perhaps.  But not me.  I was busy, of course, protecting the good name of my cave. 

 

Friends knew, perhaps.  And saw, perhaps.  But not me.  I loved the cave— the  peaceful cave…and relished  both the world it wrought and the solitude it brought. 

 

I liked that I guarded the door—that no one entered if we’d disagree.  I thrived on its dusty old resentments, its muddy new conclusions…and I loved, just loved the darkness.  There’re no lights in caves – no mirrors –no way at all…to see myself.

 

Yes, I loved that cave….even as time passed…as my life passed.

 

And passed.  And passed.

 

One day it all got old.  One day, finally, the sounds of silence were deafening.  I missed the noise, needed kin, relished friends….and peaked outside.

 

It was raining; I saw roads to repair—but there was light!  I saw my kids, caring not why I’d been inside–praying only that I’d come outside.

 

I saw life, even through the clouds and I felt love, ‘though some time had passed.

 

I left that cave years ago, never to return.  Today I walk through the storms with my head held high.  Today I revel at time, the ultimate gift.

 

And in a related story:  a referendum to repeal the Fourth Commandment was rejected on Long Island this week.  The measure carried only one precinct:  a cave.

 

     ”And I will hold on hope…
      And I’ll find strength in pain
      And I won’t change my ways
      I’ll know my name as it’s called again…”

                     (Adapted from Mumford & Sons’ “The Cave”)

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