June is very often the month of commitment.
I came across this poem and thought that it would be a good remembrance of our commitments to one another.
The Beginning of A Difference
Love enters quietly,
a subtle stir,
the slight lift of the tendril seedling toward the sun.
the opening of a door that has been previously closed
or never opened,
the beginning of a difference.
Today, in the expectant Quiet,
let us consecrate ourselves
to continuing the difference.
To continue to notice in the loved one
the lilt, the gait, the dimple,
the sparkle, the mettle, the gaze.
To continue to be infused
with a spreading kindness,
an infectious, humorous, sustaining acceptance
of each other and ourselves.
Let us stand in remembrance
of our own love’s beginning.
Let us kneel in the earth and cup our hands
around the tender shoot.
Let us wave and cheer as the new bird
feels the power of muscle,
the expanse of feather
as it begins to fly.
Let us continue to love one another
and these two today
as they evoke and enhance and carry on
the difference of loving.
Ruthanne “Rufus” Collinson is the city of Gloucester’s poet laureate.