I’m currently embroiled in researching rituals for a home-welcoming ceremony (encompassing both Jewish and Hindu traditions), and I inadvertently stumbled across this Dickinson poem in the process. It’s perfect.
Forever – is composed of Nows – (690)
by Emily Dickinson
Forever – is composed of Nows –
‘Tis not a different time –
Except for Infiniteness –
And Latitude of Home –
From this – experienced Here –
Remove the Dates – to These –
Let Months dissolve in further Months –
And Years – exhale in Years –
Without Debate – or Pause –
Or Celebrated Days –
No different Our Years would be
From Anno Dominies –
p.s. read this Rabbi’s story on the significance of a mezuzah — I may be an atheist, but I can still really appreciate and embrace the beauty of such a religious/cultural tradition!