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February 24, 2012

Don’t come to me with the entire truth.

Don’t come to me with the entire truth.
Don’t bring the ocean if I feel thirst,
nor heaven if I ask for light;
but bring a hint, some dew, a particle,
as birds carry only drops away from water,
and the wind a grain of salt.

olaf h. hauge

             Translated from the Norwegian by Robert Bly

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February 21, 2012

“I Am Not I”

I am not I.
                   I am this one
walking beside me whom I do not see,
whom at times I manage to visit,
and whom at other times I forget;
who remains calm and silent while I talk,
and forgives, gently, when I hate,
who walks where I am not,
who will remain standing when I die.
juan ramon jimenez
translated by robert bly
Wonder, silence, gratitude

one who is going upstream ......

one who is going upstream ......

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