for Shana

Living is easy with eyes closed/ misunderstanding all you see, sang John Lennon, our family guru.

I remember wondering what that meant, when I was a child and could neither fathom the longness of life, nor the shortness of it. Perhaps I still do not know what any of it means, but there have been instances when my eyes flutter open for a moment, yes, just a moment, so that I feel the immensity of what is behind the veil. In those moments I feel too the biting loss of innocence, until the veil drops again, my eyes close once again, and living is easy all over again.

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