The moon and sun are travelers through eternity.
Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through
life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse,
each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.
- Basho, translated by Sam Hamill
Changing Light is a radiant anthology of soul writings on the cycle of night and day. It gathers together sunset prayers, lullabies, creation stories, sun stories, and poems about evening, sleep, awakening, and day from many cultures across time. Among the writers represented are James Agee, Annie Dillard, Emily Dickinson, Neruda, Mary Oliver, Rilke, Rumi, Sappho, Whitman, and Yeats.
Magic Song for Those Who Wish to Live
From its sleep,
Day wakes up
With the dawning light,
Also you must arise,
Also you must awake
Together with the day which comes.
- Thule Eskimo
"How I treasure this splendid collection of writings! Ruth Gendler must be one of those ancient mystical needleworkers, so skillfully has she selected these shimmering poems and luminous threads of prayers and songs and artwork and spun them for us into a precious cloth. I carry this with me when I travel, wrapping myself in it whenever I am distracted or tired, whenever I need to remember my interconnectedness in the weave of life."
- Sherry Ruth Anderson, author, The Feminine Face of God