[“Leçons de ténèbres”, third lesson for Holy Wednesday, by François Couperin, sung by Montserrat Figueras and Maria Cristina Kiehr – Clip with thanks to TheLeon Vitali].
You know what’s a horrible Easter meal (or Passover seder, or any meal)? – Missiles with chocolate cake.
Staggering incompetence and nepotism in a far-ranging office that someone is utterly unqualified for are not okay in week 21, either, but we have officially passed a 10th of this at least.
It should still never have happened (and it did not ‘just happen’. People voted for this, or refused to vote pragmatically against this).
I am still not sure we will – internationally – survive the other nine 10th of this presidency since fauna and evironement are already under siege, as are minorities. (Yes, elsewhere, too. And worse. But I am berating Western turf here.)
You know what’s horribly apt this year? The actual text of the above Leçon de ténèbres, (Lam1:10-14), which starts with “The enemy has stretched out his hands over all her precious things”, and ends with “the Lord gave me into the hands of those whom I cannot withstand”.
Though perhaps we should change that last bit to “into the hands of those whom I cannot stand”. Because I’m not down for victim narratives, I still have plenty of privilege to give away, and I plan on withstanding in solidarity for, say, another 187 weeks.
(Also, really, how far can tiny fingers reach? – There are so many precious things, and one of them is Figueras and Kiehr singing Couperin. We have that. And we walk on.)