Saturday, May 13, 2017

an enlarging sense of who we are

the strangers, and us

a play, The Strangers, exists,
throbs with question and insight,
a challenge to the author?
create a dramatic vehicle
to illumine how the heart of a Quaker
can touch the world and help it to be better,
the kids, the actors, hard at work
to be true to their inherent differences,
to be true to finding commonality in self, in desires,
in an enlarging sense of what can be,
in who we can be,

after the show, the actors onstage, all in a line,
challenge the audience for questions, comments,

a father notes the message of revolutionizing change
coming from the kids, before the adults,
and a kid responds that that’s the way it can happen,
laughing that that message fits a Friends school,
another asks if anything is lost when a part joins a whole,
and an actor asserts that some will be lost
but that more will be gained,
that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,
and that the parts are still themselves at their truest self.

by Henry H. Walker

May 12, ‘17

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