There is a black granite sculpture by Masayuki Nagare that stands in front of the Bank of America building in SF and is usually called Banker's Heart, rather than the intended Transcendence. I am reminded of it when I read that the Republicans in CA want spending cuts that will come from money that now pays for mental health care for homeless adults and children's health care. What is the purpose of government? Don't we fund government to pay for education and health care for those who can't afford it? They would also cut spending for CA schools. CA is already an embarrassment in what they spend for education.
As the year comes to a close, I think most of us pause to mourn the loss of the old and the welcoming of and appreciation of the new.
We say goodbye and hello.
After the funeral, the mourners gather under the rustling churchyard maples and talk softly, like clusters of leaves. White shirt cuffs and collars flash in the shade: highlights on deep green water. They came this afternoon to say good-bye, but now they keep saying hello and hello, peering into each other's faces, slow to let of each other's hands.