Alphabytes are object meditations
that move through the alphabet two times
in the course of the fifty-two weeks in the year.
“Juggling” introduces the tenth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost:
Summer in the North, Winter in the South.
I never was very good at baseball.
That is why I loved that day on the beach many years ago,
when my body arched above in motion slow,
to catch the friendly Frisbee saucer.
I thought that this must be a game for heaven.
I once saw someone juggle ten of these, flinging them into the upper air
of the circus tent, easily, quietly receiving and dispatching each
as they playfully returned to the hand that made sure
they would be borne on air again.
What patience, what falls, what discouragement must have been
in the life of that artist till he could fling those airy discs
as easily as breathing in and out!
So much comes your way to juggle—you know the list.
Practice slowly—a few at a time, till many plots and peoples
and places can revolve about your life, while you watch it all,
just as the folks in the bleachers do…and the Lord of heaven and earth.