‘There’s a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in.’

You must be sitting on cracked fragments of Saturn’s exploded moons if you haven’t heard of the Mica story yet.   Leonard Cohen – inspired by Rumi- wrote the above.  He could have been prophesising about Donegal and Mayo homes owners.

Yes, we may have literal cracks, but it’s the light that got in that is of even greater significance. In the song, the cracks are places of confrontation with the brokenness of things. Through them we grow, we acknowledge whatever is broken forever and what can still be fixed.

It would be human to be overcome with anger at what has happened but with the help of some light (22c in Dublin) we came together and protested peacefully as one.  As  Sgt. Molton stated…the people who attended [the protest] are a credit to their counties and wants to express his utmost thanks for the way everyone conducted themselves. —

The situation brings to mind the ancient Japenese-pottery mending technique (called the art of Kintsugi.) It uses precious metals to highlight the “scars” as a part of the design.   This travesty has bonded the people, joining together we have something stronger than mica ..we have unitedness and that is very precious.

Let us hope now the government ‘rumi’nates on the brokenness of these counties and makes real change to the redress scheme before the landscapes of Donegal and Mayo resemble those broken fragments of Saturn’s imploded moons.