Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tomorrow's child

Our Director, Allan Bredy, just sent out an e-mail to staff complimenting them on how welcoming and ready the school looks for tomorrow's opening. As an attachment, he sent the following poem by Rubin Alves which I found very moving. Thought I'd share it with you.

Tomorrow’s Child

What is hope?
It is the pre-sentiment that imagination
is more real and reality is less real than it looks.
It is the hunch that the overwhelming brutality
of facts that oppress and repress us
is not the last word.
It is the suspicion that reality is more complex
than the realists want us to believe.
That the frontiers of the possible are not
determined by the limits of the actual;
and in a miraculous and unexplained way
life is opening up creative events
which will open the way to freedom and resurrection –
but the two – suffering and hope
must live from each other.
Suffering without hope produces resentment and despair.
But, hope without suffering creates illusions, naïveté
and drunkenness.
So let us plant dates
even though we who plant them will never eat them.
We must live by the love of what we will never see.
That is the secret discipline.
It is the refusal to let our creative act
be dissolved away by our need for immediate sense experience
and is a struggled commitment to the future of our grandchildren.
Such disciplined hope is what has given prophets, revolutionaries and saints,
the courage to die for the future they envisage.
They make their own bodies the seed of their highest hopes.

- Rubin Alves


  1. thanks karen. i'm glad to hear you're settling in well and plan to follow your experience.

  2. Hi Karen

    I'm enjoying reading your blog entries. Hope your first few days of school have gone well. How is Libby managing in her new home, especially in the hotter climate?


  3. Your adventure appears to be off to a wonderful start, Karen. Have you yet been able to appreciate a dark sky and thus to enjoy the stars?


  4. What a powerful start to your school year! If the rest of your fearless leader's inspiration follows in this vein, you will have a wonderful, and wonder-filled experience.
    Love reading about, and seeing the photos. Really wish I could come for a visit, perhaps with hat in hand! Love ya!