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I came across this poem this weekend.  It moved me more than watching Sisters Keeper [1] did.
Its by Don Miller (author of the great Blue Like Jazz) and I found it very profound.

The Proper Grieving of a Fallen World

A Poem for Aiden Reeves


Do you remember, Aiden, when we were naming animals,

and the serpent fooled that ignorant couple with a trick,

and then all the birthing came with screaming,

and the fields were filled with weeds?


Perhaps the memory will come back slowly

like it has for the rest of us,

brushing our teeth, counting fifty strokes,

looking through the mirror wanting more.


I don’t want to bother you, I know you’re busy

but is He as good as we want Him to be?

Did you speak to Him or look at Him

as he shoved you through the tubes?


We haven’t been here long, either, but the memories are foggy.

At our worst we wonder if He is real.


Is there anything He wanted you to tell us?

Will you answer while you learn your breathing?

Will something good come from the pain?

What is the proper grieving of a fallen world?


Forgive me, Aiden, for putting this on you.

You can’t remember any more than we.

You go on now, learn your hands and space and time.

Learn your dogs and cats, your soccer stats.


You’ve come into a place, a small community of people

who are learning to name the things we miss.

You can join us if you like.

You’ll be missing something soon.


We don’t have many answers save the one you brought us today,

as your mom and dad stayed up all night

to painfully receive you from the hands of God:

The proper grieving of a fallen world, is joy.

1.  Spoiler Alert: Freaking A people.  I understand the need to change/omit characters and motivation from books for screen but did you have to flipping completely change the point of the story by changing the ending so much? 

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Book: What book would you like to see made into a movie? 
Submitted by Felipe Anuel.

There are a number of series I'd like BBC or PBS take on.  Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody Emerson's series, Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series, Laurie R Kings's….well any of her series, and someone who does a very good version of the Wrinkle in Time series.  But stand alone? either of these.

Life of Pi
Yann Martel

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