Marking Days

Fri 4th May 2012 Add comment

Once again the week has slipped through my grasp; here it is already Friday and this is my first blog of the week. I never know quite how this happens but it does!

This was a week of marking events. Tuesday marked the 20th year since the riots happened in Los Angeles. They were a result of the trial declaring innocent the police officers who beat Rodney King. It was one of the first times such a beating was filmed thereby giving the world a glimpse into the racist response of some police officers to people of colour. Tuesday was also the day marking the one year anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden. Hard to believe that it was a year ago that an elite force of American soldiers crept into his hideout in Pakistan and murdered him.

On a lighter but still sombre note this week also marked the death of James Marker at age 90. Don’t know who James Marker was? He invented Cheezies the quintessential Canadian snack food. He lived in Belleville where he had lived since 1949 as the Vice-President of the W. T. Hawkins Cheezie Company. The production line at the plant shut down for the day when they received the news that the man who invented the snack had died.

It is important to mark days of significance. They are sometimes days of history that calls us up short because of their power and world-changing nature but they can also be days that we celebrate because of the joy they bring. I hope you have had some good days this week.

Here’s our Friday poem. I Arise by Mary Austin.

I arise, facing East,
I am asking toward the light,
I am asking that my day
Shall be beautiful with light.
I am asking that the place
Where my feet are shall be light,
That as far as I can see
I shall follow it aright.
I am asking for the courage
To go forward through the shadow,
I am asking toward the light.