|Canham, H. (2003). Life Time ‘Es ist der alte Bund’ (JS Bach, Cantata BWV 106). J. Child Psychother., 29(3):279-280.|
(2003). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 29(3):279-280
Life Time ‘Es ist der alte Bund’ (JS Bach, Cantata BWV 106)
Yours is the impossible story beyond all stories,
the journey whose end cannot be told by the traveller.
So few have spoken, even from the jetty
where you stand now. Fewer without bitterness.
Time is the thread our joy calls for
and your plot ought to be a printer's —
or like a novel we re-read, wanting it to end
differently this time, against all reason;
you're young — too heavy to entertain.
We are atoms that fuse as miracles in time,
then fly apart: the bond, the covenant,
that links us all; the bind we must face alone.
The present — soon the past, once the future —
is the unique ‘now’, the vital instant
when we can practise freedom. And you do,
steady, rich in ; even rarer
is your capacity for openness
that lets us — not share, for it's unshareable —
but see what you can lucidly face while yet
not tearing current to shreds.
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