Friday, November 28, 2014

this only


A valley and above it forests in autumn colors.
A voyager arrives, a map leads him there.

Or perhaps memory. Once long ago in the sun,
When snow first fell, riding this way
He felt joy, strong, without reason,
Joy of the eyes. Everything was the rhythm
Of shifting trees, of a bird in flight,
Of a train on the viaduct, a feast in motion.

He returns years later, has no demands.
He wants only one, most precious thing:
To see, purely and simply, without name,
Without expectations, fears, or hopes,
At the edge where there is no I or not-I.

–Czeslaw Milosz



1 comment:

  1. Oh yes! "...wants only one thing..... to see purely and simply, etc. the edged of I and not-I." So beautiful!
    And the deer looks like it's listening to those wonderful rhythms.... <3