Pebble On The Tongue*
“The longest journey is the journey inwards …
quest for the source of (one’s) being.”
Dag Hammarskjold, fr. Markings
Almost 59 years ago, Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary General of the United Nations, his plane on fire, plummeted into the jungle near the Zambia-Congo border, losing his life while on a peacemaking mission.
His poet-friend, W.H. Auden, later quoted him as once saying,
In our age, the road to holiness
passes through the world of action.
Or, given Hammarskjold’s story, his pursuits and journeys, and given our times:
Stillness goes out to meet the fury of war.
Folded midst the leaves of a book taken from the wreckage they found a copy of his oath of office, a touchstone carried with him on his travels.
*Travelers in desert country have found that a pebble on the tongue eases the discomfort of a parched mouth. (It also fosters a bent toward listening.) This ‘Pebble’ feature in ‘Traipse’ will periodically offer memorable citations and images about travel.