Friday, January 7, 2011

Face the Enemy: A Reply to Gabriella Mirollo


And when your face begins to disappear, who are you?


Dear Gabriella, please forgive the brevity of my thanks. Your recent blog entry is one for the ages, and your honesty is its own eloquence. But it’s universal as well, because in revealing the truth about your physical malady, you have transformed it into a deeper, spiritual gift for all; that is to say, you have shown those of us who are willing to stop, look, and listen the face — or, as so often is the case, the many faces — we all keep hidden. You are the gift itself. And for this reason, the beauty and effectiveness of your communication, at least in my mind, far outweighs the courage it took for you to write it. Your story is a lantern that you bear, whereas your courage is simply a reflection of your self-knowledge. And that’s why I cherish our growing friendship, and look forward to each new thing you weave and write.



1.7.2011 #2
1.7.2011 #1 (recently acquired)

6 comments:

Two Tigers said...

William I'm overwhelmed by your words. You're right, my post was more about self-expression than courage. I'm really not that brave. Writing about things sets them straight in my mind, it is a necessity for me. Occasionally it even comes out well and people enjoy reading the results! The only real enemy is suffering in silence. Many thanks, my friend.

William Michaelian said...

And thank you again. Your modesty and generosity are hard acts to follow.

rahina q.h. said...

beautiful words William on a open honest being.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Rahina. What happens, I think, is that we humans somehow take root in each other’s lives. I marvel at it, and am grateful.

Aleksandra said...

She is sweet lady,talented and clever in many ways as she is beautiful!

William Michaelian said...

Very much so. Thank you, Aleksandra!