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... I wanted to tell you about us, how wicked we are.
And yet also to say that the Star—you know the star I mean—
Is for some of us clearly visible still in the east at midnight rising, and all the night long burns serene—
And that on such nights on unaccustomed knees we kneel and in sweet discomfort
Pray for hours, and mean it, to be better than we are.
I am not one of these, I fear;
I loved you always for the things I read
About you in a book we had.
I did not meet you for the first time through the incense and stale smell
Of a room seldom aired, where people purred of heaven and howled of hell.
I used to read all day, when I was ten:
—You and Don Quijote were my heroes then.

Perhaps because of him I have been kind
Often with my heart, before consulting my mind.
I might have been wiser, had I learned direct from you—
Learned to make curlicues in the sand or on a scratch-pad while deciding what to say or do ...
Such as, "Sin—the waves come in—all pushing pebbles—each alone ...
I have it!—Let him among them who is without sin!—cast the first stone!"

I learned so young to know you, I could never see
Why we should not be playmates; you were wonderful,—
Oh, you were shiny!—and for some strange reason, fond of me.
But nothing will be done. I can do nothing. Nothing at all.
Only remember what you said, your voice, the way you said it,—
For it never was like something read, it was something heard, even while I read it—
And try to be wiser and kinder, in a world where Pity from place to place
Flees under cover of darkness, hiding her face;
Give Pity breathing-space.



- Edna St. Vincent Millay
from Make Bright the Arrows
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News of today and a ruin tomorrow, entombed and revived every day,
lived with in alleys, plazas, buses and taxis, moviehouses, theaters and bars, in hotels, dovecotes and catacombs,
the great city that fits in a ten-foot room, boundless as a galaxy,
the city that dreams us all, that we all make and unmake and remake while we dream,
the city that we all dream, which endlessly changes while we dream it,
the city that wakes every hundred years and looks at itself in the mirror of a word and does not recognize itself and goes back to sleep,
... )
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Father the year has fallen.
Leaves bedeck my careful flesh like stone.
One shard of brilliant summer pierced me
and remains.
By this only
unregenerate bone
I am not deat, but waiting.
When the last warmth is gone
I shall bear in the snow.

- Audre Lorde
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... I should make of my heart a lodestone then,
let the flying sun go
(it will be back some day)
and pull my universe together.

I will say this to the somewhere: Let us now
as the sun rides on
down the hill of night
touch one another.

... Let us seek as our ancestors sought
some honorable cave wherein to wait
(as if there were still some waiting cave)
the long long winter out
as if we were all the life there is
and all the love.


- from 'A Solstice Incantation' by Ken McLintock (1920-2000)

Thanks for leaving us with this, Dad. You are missed.
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... Of all created things the source is one,
Simple, single as love; remember
The cell and seed of life, the sphere
That is, of child, white bird, and small blue dragon-fly
Green fern, and the gold four-petalled tormentilla
The ultimate memory.

...

As you leave Eden behind you, remember your home,
For as you remember back into your own being
You will not be alone; the first to greet you
Will be those children playing by the burn,
The otters will swim up to you in the bay,
The wild deer on the moor will run beside you.
Recollect more deeply, and the birds will come,
Fish rise to meet you in their silver shoals,
And darker, stranger, more mysterious lives
Will throng about you at the source
Where the tree's deepest roots drink from the abyss.

Nothing in that abyss is alien to you.
Sleep at the tree's root, where night is spun
Into the stuff of worlds, listen to the winds,
The tides, and the night's harmonies, and know
All that you knew before you began to forget ...

- from 'Message from Home' by Kathleen Raine
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When I touch the ground in prayer
I have no purpose
but You.
All else I speak about
gardens, flowers, nightingales, whirling
is only an excuse.

- Rumi (tr. Mafi & Kolin)
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Once in his life, a man ought to concentrate his mind upon the remembered earth, I believe. He ought to give himself up to a particular landscape in his experience, to look at it from as many angles as he can, to wonder about it, to dwell upon it.

He ought to imagine that he touches it with his hands at every season and listens to the sounds that are made upon it. He ought to imagine the creatures there and all the faintest motions of the wind. He ought to recollect the glare of noon and all the colors of the dawn and dusk.

-N. Scott Momaday
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I said to the night,
"If you are in love with the moon,
it is because you never stay for long.
The night turned to me and said,
"It is not my fault. I never see the Sun,
How can I know that love is endless?"

- Rumi (tr. Kolin & Mafi)
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I have been given a taste for what is beautiful. Like milk running through my body, the gates open. I wear a blue robe woven of six directions with watercolor images flowing over the cloth, a thousand kinds of flowers, yellow jasmine, wild iris. Orchard corridors, handsome faces on the street, I am composed of this beauty, the attar of pressed plants, rose oil, resinous balsam: live essence, I am the intelligent juice of flowers.

- Baha'uddin (father of Rumi)
tr. Coleman Barks and John Moyne
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Most beautiful of all things I leave is sunlight,
Then come glazing stars and the moon's face,
Then ripe cucumbers and apples and pears.

- Praxilla (450 BCE)
tr. Willis Barnstone

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