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God, Life, Poetry

In the between

“Between the idea

And the reality

Between the motion

And the act

Falls the Shadow.”

-T.S. Eliot, The Hollow Man

15 words, 5 lines, the power and beauty of poetry.  (This is only part of the much longer poem which you can read here.)

I believe that life happens in the between; in the already, but not yet of eternity.  This is the unavoidable truth of our current, finite existence.  I also choose to believe that we have purpose and meaning while in the between.

And so it seems like a waste of energy to avoid or ignore this between-ness.  It seems like a waste of time to live as if it weren’t so.  Like the name of the poem, it seems hollow, empty, lifeless.

To hallow is “to make holy or sacred, to sanctify or consecrate, to venerate.”  As used in The Lord’s Prayer, it means holy, consecrated, sacred, or revered.

What falls in the between for you?  Is it hollow or hallow?  Is it empty or holy?  Is it a kind of death or a new kind of life?  You choose.


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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