Homeschooling, Poetry & Words

Kyrie, eleison.

We start the school year inside one set of walls, and wind it down inside a new set of walls down an old-new highway, further away from the maddening din. We fling open the curtains and let in the newfound light as we hold the books in our hands. Our left hands grow heavier and our right hands grow lighter and lighter as we creep toward the end of the school year, page by page by page.

We rearrange the shelves and fold paint over the walls and fold up sweaters and make the beds and unroll rugs and dream of where we’ll plant sunflowers and cherry tomatoes.

The coffee maker hums and my brain runs back and forth, jumping from track to track: eleven-year-old and two-year-old, eldest and youngest, deodorant and diapers. I swing from Chinese to Greek to toddler English, drawing brackets around grand middle-grade essays and then enunciating consonants and vowels for the smallest little friend. The light rises and falls, rises and falls, rises and falls.

Outside, the news rages. Zealots call for cancellation, call for vengeance, scream at you for the wrong kind of silence or the wrong kind of words, screaming for no reason at all. We all weep. The news cycle drains and spins, drains and spins, drains and spins.

Inside, we sing: Kyrie, eleison.

The marquee at the gas station around the corner winds up. I look away. Someone texts more doom, another soundbite, more fire and ice — another way the world will end.

Music floats in and out and in again. I reach, and grab it.

We press on: dishes and poetry, mopping and tantrums, sunrise and bedtimes.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.

1 thought on “Kyrie, eleison.”

  1. Thank you for this beautiful reminder to those of us who have packed, unpacked, repacked. To the moving out of the comfortable old; to the unfamiliar sometimes harshness of the new. Through the rolling back of clocks to the falling back again, to the children awake, and children asleep again.
    The Canaanite woman cried out – ‘Kyrie Eleison’

    The father of the son troubled with demons cried out – ‘Kyrie Eleison’

    The two unnamed blind men called out – ‘Kyrie Eleison’

    The publican cried and said – ‘Kyrie Eleison’

    And the blind Bartimaeus cried out to – ‘Kyrie Eleison’

    Let us also cry out — KYRIE ELEISON
    Through it all, indeed. Lord have mercy.

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