Reflection by Rev. Diane Rollert, 20 November 2016
Listen more often to things than to beings,
‘tis the ancestor’s breath when the fire’s voice is heard,
‘tis the ancestor’s breath in the voice of the waters…
Words adapted from a poem by Birago Diop
from the song “Breaths” by Ysaye Barnwell
Birago Diop was a poet and storyteller from Senegal. His poem, Souffles, or Breaths, draws from something beautiful that is found in many of the spiritual traditions of Africa: Things have power because they have been touched and experienced by the ancestors.