Empty Spaces

“What shall we use
To fill the empty spaces
Where we used to talk?” Pink Floyd, The Wall.

The month of Av, our walls have been breached, and we lay exposed. Av is a time of Angst. I am tempted to fill the empty spaces with anything that may come to hand, to be happy again, safe behind my wall. But I am commanded this month to be less happy. This is a time to become familiar with my empty spaces, to examine them, and come to know them. The appropriate response is one of grieving, for lost time and opportunities. My personality begins to take on new dimensions, as the composition finds more contrast. Once I can recognise the shapes and sizes of my empty spaces, I will be more fit to identify those things that can fill them in a real way.


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