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A beloved  relationship is a garden with unknown blooms yet to come…

Deborah Upchurch  Keith Demmings  Catherine L. Johnson   17 November 2012

R/EVOLUTION
HOW
DO
YOU
KNOW
I
AM
WHITE?
HOW
DO
YOU
KNOW
I
AM
BLACK?
HOW
DO
YOU
KNOW
I
BELIEVE
IN
THE
EXPANDING
CONSTELLATION
OF
HUMANITY?
HOW
DO
YOU
KNOW
 YOU
KNOW?
HOW
DO
YOU
 KNOW
I
KNOW?
DO
YOU
SEE
WHO
I
AM?
DO
I
SEE
YOU
WHO
YOU
ARE?
TRUTH.
.
A REVOLUTION HAPPENS:
ALL THE INTERNAL
 AND 
 EXTERNAL FORCES
 COALESCE.
AND.
EVOLUTION IS THE TIME
MOVING TOWARD
THE
POSSIBILITIES,
THE MAJESTIC FIELDS
 OF 
FREEDOM
THE
REVOLUTION
 CREATED.
A beloved  relationship is a garden with unknown blooms yet to come…
FALLING IN LOVE
IS
A
REVOLUTION, 
A GIFT.
THE EVOLUTION IS THE LOVING,
 THE EARNEST
SELF DISCLOSURE
 AND 
CREATIVE PROGRESSION 
AND
LETTING GO 
OF WHO YOU THINK/THOUGHT
YOU WERE/ARE.
THE
COURAGE
OF
 LOVING. 
R/EVOLUTION
I HAVE HAD SEVERAL
 REVOLUTIONS
CREATED
IN MY
BODY.
THE LAST WAS 
THE MAJOR SOFT TISSUE
 RECONSTRUCTION,
 DONOR  IMPLANT
AND
PROSTHETIC KNEE JOINT
OFFERING:
NewKneeME!
I am oriented differently in the world now.
How I walked on
26 September
is
not
how
I
walk
now.
I have to learn.
  
 
 I can stand and walk
for a limited time.
My orthopedic surgeon,
Dr. Mark Heller,
said I  exceeded his expectations
and
I could swim again:
the incision is closed
at last.
I went to the Y last night
and
swam ONE mile.
VICTORY!
I was
Over The Moon
with
pure joy!
The movement,
the speed
and
feeling my muscles
power through
the water
was 
ecstasy!
 
 
MY BRAIN/BODY
NOW
HAS TO BE ‘RE-WIRED”
TO LEARN
HOW TO WALK.
A
 NEW
 CHOREOGRAPHY.
 
I MUST RISE UP 
TO
THE
REVOLUTION.
MY BODY 
HAS
 TO
 SURRENDER
THE 
OLD
HABITUAL
PATTERNS
AND
 FORTRESSES.
 
OPEN UP,
BREAK OPEN,
IN
DIALOGUE.
R/EVOLUTION
DOES NOT
OCCUR
IN ISOLATION.
A beloved  relationship is a garden with unknown blooms yet to come…
CALL AND RESPONSE.
A RECOGNITION OF SOULS
THAT
CALLS OUT
YOUR WILDERNESS,
YOUR SONG,
UNFURLS YOUR WINGS,
WHERE FAITH AND HOPE
IS
A
SHARED
JOYOUS DANCE,
AND
LOVE IS THE BALM
AND
THE FIRST LIGHT
IN
THE
DARKEST
NIGHT.
A WHISPER AND A HOWL
OF
HUMANITY
AND
BECOMING KNOWN
WITH AN ORIGINAL EYE
AND
AN EXPANSIVE HEART
OF
WONDER, HUMILITY
AND
GRACE.
NOT WHITE.
NOT BLACK.
A beloved  relationship is a garden with unknown blooms yet to come…
LIKE BREATH.
HONOR.
DIGNITY.
CHARACTER.
MORAL COMPASS.
SEEING YOUR HEART.
TRUSTING YOUR HEART.
RELEASING YOUR HEART.
KINDNESS.
COMPASSION.
HUMILITY.
GRACE.
AWE-MAZING GRACE.
LOVE IS.
INTEGRITY.
TRUTH TELLING.
NOT WHITE.
NOT BLACK.
TRUTH.
CELEBRATING
THE
FREEDOM
LIVED/WELCOMED
WITH
 THIOSE
WHO
 CALL 
YOU 
OUT.
CALL
AND
RESPONSE.

The Wedding Toast  

12 October 2012

Composed for my nephew,

Jonathan,

and

his bride,

Lindsey.

( I was convalescing horizontal

with my NewKneeME

in a

flexion/extension machine

from Surgery #40.

The Wedding Toast

was spoken

via  cell phone,

which, in turn,

was broadcast

over a microphone

at the wedding reception!):

“What matters is that over time,

you both move in the direction

of greater authenticity and truth telling.

 

The more significant

 and

 enduring relationship,

The greater the consequences

 of

not

being

real,

of not telling the truth,

of

not

bringing 

every part of yourself

 into

it.

 

True intimacy

Rests on our capacity

to deepen and refine

The truths we tell each other.

Our struggles with truth telling

are at the heart

of our deepest longings

for personal integrity

and

 authentic connections.

 

Love is an energy that is palpable.

Love is an ocean that one can float upon.

Love is when space and silence is a still presence.

Love is an open sky where one can fly.

 

Love is a nest.

 

 

Love is a silent gospel song, a lullaby.

Love is call and response.

Love is a Gospel song sung.

Love is an ascent, an indelible gift.

 Love is courage and compassion that breaks open hearts.

 

Love is a divine force that heals.

 

Love is.

 

– Catherine L. Johnson

 

“…it is not that we have to tell everything,

 nor tell all at once,

 or even to know what we need to tell.

 But, an honorable relationship

 is one which we are trying, 

all the time, 

to extend the possibilities 

of

 truth between us,

of 

life between us.”

– Adrienne Rich

 

 

A beloved  relationship is a garden with unknown blooms yet to come… 

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